AV Software Reduces Chance of Credit Card Theft by 50%

A new study conducted by scientists at Michigan State University claims that more extensive and complete protection can substantially reduce the threat of data theft. Those users who are running antivirus, anti-adware and anti-spyware software reduce the risk of credit card information theft by 50 percent.

“When you think about antivirus software protecting you, you might think about it keeping your files safe and not losing your music and photos,” said Thomas Holt, MSU associate professor of criminal justice and lead researcher on the project. “The important thing we’re finding here is that it’s not just about protecting your files, but also about protecting you economically – about reducing your chances of being a victim of identity theft.”

About 15 percent of more than 600 respondents in a survey said that they experienced some form of computer-related identity theft over the past year. Males were more likely to be victims than females and those users who engaged in downloading pirated music as well as pornographic images were a greater risk to be attacked.

Holt, however, noted that “you have a much better chance of not getting your credit card number stolen if you have all three forms of protective software."

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  • memadmax
    The human factor is the weakest link in any security scheme.
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  • Chainzsaw
    ^-- I agree greghome.

    I know of a person who used a computer who got infected with I SECURITY. Dumb enough they entered their CC info to download the antivirus....

    I hope that person got what they deserved for blindly entering their CC info!
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  • wiyosaya
    There's also one step that I consider essential - don't leave credit card info in store sites like Amazon and others just because the site says that it is convenient. IMHO, that is inviting theft.

    In all the time I've been running all this stuff that this researcher says to run, it has not caught one single instance of any threat simply because there have not been any. Threats are pretty easy to avoid, IMHO, and reports like these just amp up the fear factor, IMHO.
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  • dgingeri
    wiyosayaThere's also one step that I consider essential - don't leave credit card info in store sites like Amazon and others just because the site says that it is convenient. IMHO, that is inviting theft.In all the time I've been running all this stuff that this researcher says to run, it has not caught one single instance of any threat simply because there have not been any. Threats are pretty easy to avoid, IMHO, and reports like these just amp up the fear factor, IMHO.


    Really, most people aren't smart enough to avoid falling into these types of things. They run into them all the time. AV programs are for them.
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