According to a survey of 1400 users, carried out by research company Tickbox.net, 54 per cent of PCs and laptops in the UK have been hit with some sort of computer virus. Some industry experts have suggested that lax home PC security is compromising bigger businesses.
"At Lloyds TSB, we use the highest levels of industry-standard security so customers can access their accounts online," said Matthew Timms, internet banking director at Lloyds TSB. "But while we are doing everything we can to make our security watertight, we also urge all of our customers to think carefully about the measures they have taken to protect their PC. This means updating their anti-virus software and ensuring they have a robust firewall."
The survey highlighted 44 per cent of users do not update their anti-virus regularly, with six per cent saying this was simply because they could not be bothered. The main reason given was the cost of updating.
Earlier this month SC reported home workers were potentially costing British business billions by not taking security issues seriously.