Internet users at home in the U.S. are not nearly as safe online as they believe, according to an inspection by researchers. They found most consumers have no firewall protection, outdated antivirus software and dozens of spyware programs secretly running on their computers.

One beleaguered home user in the government-backed study had more than 1,000 spyware programs running on his sluggish computer when researchers examined it.

Bill Mines, a personal trainer in South Riding, Va., did not fare much better. His family's three-year-old computer was found infected with viruses and more than 600 pieces of spyware surreptitiously monitoring his online activities.

Technology - canada.com


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