All the hullabaloo about computer viruses finally seems to have made an impression on home-computer users, who stepped up to the plate and purchased security programs at a rate of more than 127 percent higher in August than in the same month last year. And, says technology research firm NPD Group, sales of security software jumped threefold in the weeks immediately following the appearance of the Sobig and MSBlaster viruses. Said NPD’s research director Stephen Baker in a statement: “. . .the fact that nearly one million customers ran out and purchased security software may represent a turning point in consumers’ recognition of Internet security and their desire to take some responsibility for safe computing.” Full Story
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