PC World reports that cyber security efforts at businesses and other organizations are improving, but many individual computer users still don’t take basic precautions against cyber attacks, according to security experts. More than 90 percent of computer users surveyed recently on behalf of Symantec have antivirus software installed and updated, and 82 percent have anti-spyware protection, said Adam Rak, Symantec’s senior director of public affairs. But only 42 percent of computer users who allowed Symantec to scan their computers had firewalls installed and enabled, only 50 percent had anti-phishing protections installed, and 58 percent had anti-spam protections, Rak said during an event to mark the beginning of the fifth annual National Cyber Security Month. Yet, 81 percent of those surveyed said they believed they had firewall software installed, and 75 percent said they believed they had anti-spam protections, Rak said. "What we have is a perception-versus-reality issue here," he said. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), one of the groups promoting National Cyber Security Month, recommends that home computer users at a minimum have up-to-date antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall software installed, said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. Those three software packages won’t provide "bullet-proof" protection, but will guard against most cyber attacks, he said…

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