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Harris Survey: Americans Want to Keep Online Security Simple

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With growing rates of connectivity, Americans want virus and security protection of their PCs to be as simple as possible, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of PC Tools.

The “Keep Internet Security Simple” survey’s findings said 76 percent of people would choose chores such as laundry or balancing a checkbook rather than cleaning their computer’s registry to prevent crashes.

At the same time, most of them – 79 percent – wanted to keep the information on their laptops and PCs private. Almost half of these said they would be embarrassed about friends or family seeing certain files on their computers.

“While some of these results may seem amusing, they show that staying connected is a very serious issue to many, no matter what the circumstance,” said PC Tools VP of WW Sales and Marketing Stephanie Edwards. “It is also noteworthy how we entrust our computers and the Internet with our most intimate details–even if we don’t have the time or inclination to worry about computer maintenance or safety. Because Americans are interacting with the Internet everywhere and at all times, we need protection and performance tools that are effective, affordable and above all, simple.”

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