New Survey Reveals Ninety-Four Percent of Consumers Believe the Internet Poses a Threat to Children
Harris Interactive Survey Commissioned by Zone Labs Reveals Concern About Computer Security and Kids’ Safety Online
San Francisco, CA - September 29, 2005 - According to a recently published survey commissioned by Zone Labs®, a Check Point® company, and conducted by Harris Interactive®, the vast majority of consumers today believe that the Internet poses a threat to children, especially from online predators and pornography.
The survey shows that 94% of consumers believe the Internet presents a threat to children. 61% cited predators in chat rooms as the biggest threat, with an additional 16% citing pornographic websites.
The survey also reveals that, during a year where vulnerabilities, spyware and identity theft assailed news headlines, only 50% had installed a software firewall, and only 23% had installed a full security suite to secure their personal computer against such Internet threats. Not surprisingly, 78% do not feel safer computing online today compared to a year ago.
“These results corroborate the level of concern we regularly hear from our customers about the online safety of both adults and children,” said Laura Yecies, general manager at Zone Labs. “The Internet helps children of all ages advance academically and culturally. With proper guidance from parents combined with the latest preventative security technologies, we can protect their rights to these valuable learning tools.
Continued Yecies, “At Zone Labs, we have been helping people proactively defend themselves for seven years with innovative security software. We offer a free version of our award-winning personal firewall ZoneAlarm, the single most critical component of PC security. For parents seeking enhanced security to protect children, the Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite was designed with advanced functionality including parental controls and instant messaging security.
Zone Labs recently stepped up its commitment to keeping consumers safe online with safe.zonelabs.com, a new Web site that offers consumers a free 18-page guide to protecting their family’s PC. The guide is a valuable resource for anyone seeking more information about the reality of threats online, practical tips on how to keep their children safe, and how to choose the best security solution to fit their needs.
Harris Interactive® fielded the online survey on behalf of Zone Labs between September 23 and September 27, 2005 among a nationwide sample of 2,322 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older. The data were weighted to be representative of the total online U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income, and race/ethnicity. In theory, with probability samples of this size, one can say with 95 percent certainty that the overall results have a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. This online sample is not a probability sample.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. It is the market leader in the worldwide enterprise firewall, personal firewall and VPN markets. Through its NGX platform, the company delivers a unified security architecture for a broad range of perimeter, internal and Web security solutions that protect business communications and resources for corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets.
The company's ZoneAlarm product line is one of the most trusted brands in Internet security, creating award-winning endpoint security solutions that protect millions of PCs from hackers, spyware and data theft. Extending the power of the Check Point solution is its Open Platform for Security (OPSEC), the industry's framework and alliance for integration and interoperability with "best-of-breed" solutions from over 350 leading companies. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of more than 2,200 Check Point partners in 88 countries.
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Anne Marie McCauley
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