The Internet has never been so dangerous, comments Simon Gawne, CEO and founder of StreamShield. There are a variety of sophisticated scams out there and its easy for users computers to become infected if they are not kept up-to-date with the latest operating system patches and virus definition updates. Education is the key. Computers can be bewildering and at the moment it seems as if every user, whether they be at home or at work are expected to be experts on the latest threats which they cant be.
The research went on to ask the respondents who, if anyone, they think is responsible for educating people about threats on the Internet. The public strongly believe this responsibility lies with the Internet service providers (ISPs) with 59% citing it as their duty. Parents (46%), the Government (40%) and schools (39%) also scored highly, with 40% saying it was up to the individual to take educate themselves.
Simon Gawne continues:
Clearly the British public believe it is up to the ISPs to do more to protect and educate them and this clearly needs to be addressed. Ultimately, the best solution to the massive online problem is for ISPs to clean all harmful content before it reaches consumers a capability possible to do today. In this way the public can be protected not just against scams that will leave them out of pocket but also material that can cause offence, as well as everyday annoyances such as spam and pop up adverts. To take the water supply as an analogy, this is cleaned by suppliers as a matter of course and we, as end users, know it is safe to drink when it reaches our homes the Internet should mirror this.