Antivirus usage

question

How often do you update your virus protection software?

  • I have automatic updates enabled
  • Every time I get a notification that a new update is available
  • I skip updates once in awhile
  • I never update
  • I use Mac / Linux / smartphone and don’t need a virus protection software
  • Not sure

Main insights

Nearly 82% of those who took the test claim to have enabled automatic updates of their antivirus software or to update as soon as a notification arrives. This is good news, as keeping virus protection up to date gives a better chance of resisting the most current viruses.

However, around 8% of the respondents say they don’t need antivirus software as they are using Mac, Linux or smartphones. Although Windows computers are historically more vulnerable to various security issues, the other platforms are not automatically immune from viruses, malware, ransomware and other threats. Thinking otherwise and ignoring basic security tools may prove to be a costly mistake.

Score by country

  • Australia

    Australia

    84%
  • United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

    84%
  • Canada

    Canada

    82%
  • United States

    United States

    81%

Fully correct answers by country

  • Australia

    Australia

    84%
  • United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

    84%
  • Canada

    Canada

    82%
  • United States

    United States

    81%