It is widely but wrongly believed that malware causes no problems beyond slowing down a computer and possibly crashing certain websites. The truth is that malware attacks have long been costing users cold, hard cash: for example, a fraudster may steal all a victim's savings with a single successful attack on e-payment or e-banking accounts. Even users who fall victim to "ordinary" malware, rather than its cash-hungry cousins, are still likely to face unforeseen expenses.
17% of respondents said that these costs involved paying for third-party expertise to restore the victim's device to working order. About 10% had to pay to recover lost data, while 9% had to replace damaged components and 5% needed an entirely new device.
More than a quarter of all respondents (27%) had suffered at least one malware attack in the past 12 months. It's a significant figure, but not a surprising one:
A substantial number of users, 11%, only opted to buy protection after it was too late and they had already succumbed to attack. In the best case scenario this disrupted work on the device; in the worst cases the attacks left users out of pocket.
The survey results reinforce the fact that it is essential to ensure that online devices are protected - long before any problems might arise. And with so many effective products on today's market, there's no excuse to wait until it's too late.
Preventing the damage
Advanced mechanisms for detecting and blocking malware are the key technologies behind
Kaspersky Internet Security for Windows( http://www.kaspersky.com/internet-security ) is part of Kaspersky Internet Security - Multi-Device. In addition to its antivirus core, it also features technologies specially developed to detect unknown software (Automatic Exploit Prevention and ZETA Shield), advanced anti-rootkit technologies and a mechanism which automatically prevents blockers from maliciously denying users access to the vital functions of the OS.
Like its Windows-based colleague Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac( http://www.kaspersky.com/security-mac ), which is also integrated in
Finally, Kaspersky Internet Security for Android( http://www.kaspersky.com/android-security ) provides a high level of security for any Android-based smartphone or tablet. It uses special mechanisms designed to carry out a rigorous check on the code of any applications downloaded to the device, as well as a number of other protection technologies.
The best way to avoid the financial losses caused by malicious attacks is to prevent these attacks. Kaspersky Internet Security - Multi-Device is the perfect solution to achieve this goal.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618,
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