Computer Security Needs to be a Top Priority for College Students
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. √ August 22, 2007 √ As the start of another school year quickly approaches, BitDefender╝, a global provider of award-winning antivirus software and data security solutions, warns college students about the need to protect their computers with the latest security software updates before heading back to school.
College students put themselves at greater risk for viruses, spyware and other malware with their participation in instant messaging chats and by unknowingly adding personal information to social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook. According to market researcher ComScore Media Metrix, MySpace and Facebook attracted over 166 million unique visitors in June 2007, with between 18-34% of these visits being from people between the ages of 18-24.
Given all the research and writing done collaboratively by college students, there is also a tendency to share documentation via flash memory sticks, allowing for yet another avenue for viruses and other potentially dangerous malware to be spread among laptops, PCs and the college network.
⌠In addition to taking steps to physically protect themselves against campus-based data security leaks and the spread of viruses through file sharing, it is crucial for students to take the time to install the latest version of computer security software,■ commented Bogdan Dumitru, BitDefender▓s Chief Technology Officer. ⌠Heuristics-based security software solutions such as BitDefender▓s √ which analyze and quarantine any potential threats in a virtual computing environment √ offer the greatest protection for personal applications most used by college-aged students, such as web browsing, IM, email, music downloads, games, etc.■
Tomorrow, BitDefender will unveil BitDefender 2008, a new line of security solutions that provides state-of-the-art protection from today▓s most damaging viruses, spyware, hackers, spam, phishing attacks, as well as other common Internet security threats. Current users of BitDefender▓s software will receive a free upgrade to BitDefender 2008 for the remaining license period. To obtain further details about BitDefender▓s latest product line, please visit: http://www.BitDefender.com.
Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.
Recently, Bitdefender won a series of important awards and accolades in the global security industry, including "Product of the Year" by AV-Comparatives, "Best Repair 2012" by AV-Test, "Editor's Choice" and "The Best Antivirus for 2013" by PC Mag, that confirmed the antivirus software’s leadership status among security products.
More information about Bitdefender's products is available from the company's security press room. Additionally, Bitdefender publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, where readers can find stories from the underworld of internet fraud, scams, malicious software - and gossip.