The survey is open to the public and relates to how users protect themselves against spam and phishing threats.
VircomInc, a leader in email security has just released its preliminary
findings from an ongoing spam survey. The survey is open to the public and
relates to how users protect themselves against spam and phishing threats. The
3 minute survey can be found at www.vircom.com/u/spamsurvey.
Preliminary analysis reveals 45% of the respondents openly share address book
and email credentials on social networks and more than three quarters connect
to unencrypted Wi-Fi hotspots in public locations. Both these types of activity
lead to stolen and abused email credentials which are then used by spammers to
collect email intelligence and spread additional spam and malware. Research
also suggests that a quarter of respondents don’t regularly check email headers
when reading bank emails. Such relaxed attitudes make users prone to spam (particularly
phishing campaigns) which ultimately lead to stolen bank account credentials,
“What’s the most interesting is how people react to spam once in their inbox.
One out of 3 users are likely to read spam if the subject line strikes a chord
with them. And more than half of them are likely to click spam links or
download attachments,” said Marc Chouinard, Head of Anti-Spam and Malware
Operations at Vircom Inc.
“This goes to show the challenges corporate IT administrators face in curbing
spam related security threats. Even with the most robust spam filters, end-user
training is required to correctly handle spam.”
The survey will continue for the next few weeks. Participants are eligible to
win regular prizes such as gift cards from BestBuy, Subway and Apple iTunes,
along with a grand prize of the new iPhone 4S. After survey completion, Vircom plans
to use the research data to optimize its spam fighting software as well as
enhance corporate training for clients. Parts of the research will also be
shared with the public.
Vircom Inc. is a software development and professional services company focused
exclusively on email messaging security. Founded in 1994, Vircom is the only
email security vendor to offer a wide range of deployment options, proprietary
anti-spam technology, complete Windows™ infrastructure integration and premium
customer service. Its award-winning products include modusMail™, modusGate™,
modusGate™ VM and modusGate™ Appliance. Vircom technology is made available to
several major security providers and businesses, and deployed through
third-party vendors to customers in more than 100 countries.
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