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October 17th, 2011

Up-to-date. Or not?

“AVAST virus database has been updated” is probably the most recognizable part of avast! antivirus for most users.  It is common knowledge that having up-to-date security is important.  Actually having any software up-to-date is important.  Installing the updates and patches can prevent new vulnerability exploits from happening and is as important as having good antivirus installed.   Obvious, isn’t it?  Well, not quite as this statistic shows.

According to EUROSTAT research, 7% of all internet users in Europe don’t update their security software.  The leader in this sad statistic is France where 15% of all internet users don’t update. On the other side of spectrum there is Finland where Eurostat didn’t find anyone not updating.  Well done Finland!

It is even more interesting to look at the reasons why users don’t update. The majority of these users (41%) do not update their security software because they simply don’t know how to do it.  Hmm.  Perhaps vendors could do a better job here to make this even more simple.

Some (12%) do not update because they find it unnecessary as they perceive the risk “too low” to bother.  This I simply don’t get.  First you install the antivirus because you think you need it and then you let the license expire because the risk is ‘too low’ to worry about it.  That’s nuts, isn’t it ;) Come on people!

Some (8%) don’t update because it’s “too expensive”.  Oh please!  If you don’t want to pay Norton, get avast! for free.  Or any other free brand.  There are many to choose from.

Some (6%) don’t update because they don’t think the update “is effective”.  Well I do have some sympathy here with this point.  I once downloaded a patch (it was not antivirus…) that was a whooping 500 MB and as far as I could tell, half of the issues the applications had were still not fixed.

And finally, there is an additional 37% of users who don’t update for any other reason or because they simply don’t know why. This reminds me the famous: “don’t know and have no idea why”.

Have a good start of the week. And please… UPDATE!

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  • Mike

    I always update Avast whenever i can. If i can’t do it at that moment – i do it ASAP. I’d rather be safe than sorry. :)

  • http://bob3160.googlepages.com/ bob3160

    All the people who have converted to avast! after attending my presentation on
    “Protecting Yourself and Your Identity Online”, keep their avast! AV program updated. They also know the importance of updating any program that makes use of the internet and always update their operating system whenever an update is available.
    There is power in knowledge and ignorance certainly never leads to bliss.

  • howard

    HI I would just like to say that I am always on top of program and application updates. I always make sure I make time to update my avast free license simply because I want to make sure I do not get a virus on my computer or at least have something to help me block viruses from making it on my computer.

    Come on people when I read that a certain percentage of people say the risk is low it might be for some people but I have got a virus on my computer before and I would say that it is never a low risk if you are connected to the internet.
    So please update.
    have a good day.

  • http://www.rejzor.tk RejZoR

    The same reason i NEVER understood ppl who disable auto updated. First they install program that soelly relies on regular and timely updates and then disable the updating. It’s like having an airbag disabled in a car with an excuse that you’ll enable it when needed. You won’t have time to do that just like you won’t with antivirus.

  • Milos Korenko

    @RejZoR
    Airbag ;) This is a good analogy indeed.

  • http://comingsoon otsham

    Avast is the best! Updates are very affordable. $0.1