Women more likely to infect PCs with Spyware–Survey

By : |May 18, 2006 0

SAN DIEGO: Websense, Inc., a web security and web filtering productivity
software company, announced the first installment of Employee survey results of
its seventh annual Web@Work study, conducted by Harris Interactive in US.

The 2006 Web@Work Employee survey reveals that men are more likely than women
to engage in personal web surfing at work. Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of men
who access the internet from work admitted to accessing non work-related
websites during work hours versus 58 percent of women. Similarly, men are more
likely to spend more time on the Internet at work for both work-related and non
work-related tasks than women do. For example, men admit to spending 11.6 hours
on average per week on work-related websites and 2.3 hours per week on non-work
related websites. In comparison, women admit to surfing 9.0 hours on average on
work-related and personal sites and admit to spending only 1.5 hours per week on
non work-related sites only.

Men and women also vary on the types of non work-related websites they visit
in the workplace. For example, men are substantially more likely than women to
visit non work-related sites such as weather, sports, investment/stock, and
blogs-men are 1.15 times more likely than women to visit weather sites (81 per
cent of men versus 70 per cent of women), 2.3 times more likely than women to
visit sports sites (42 percent of men versus 18 per cent of women), 1.95 times
more likely than women to visit investment/stock purchasing sites (39 percent of
men versus 20 per cent of women), and 2.5 times more likely than women to visit
blogs (15 per cent of men versus 6 per cent of women).

More men than women view online pornography at work. Whether it was by
accident or on purpose, 16 per cent of men who access the Internet at work said
they had visited a porn site while at work, while only 8 percent of women had
done so. Of those that admitted to viewing pornography sites at work, 6 percent
of the men and 5 percent of the women admitted it was intentional.

The Employee survey also reveals that men and women hold different views
regarding web-based threats such as spyware and when to involve help desk to
remedy the situation. Women who visit websites containing spyware are more
likely than men to say that their work computer has been negatively impacted by
spyware. (45 percent of women versus of 35 percent of men surveyed). On that
same note, women who have visited websites containing spyware are more than
twice as likely as men to call their help desk or IT department if their
computer was infected with spyware-64 percent of women have called their IT
department for help whereas only 30 percent of men have done so.

“The results of 2006 Web@Work Employee survey illuminate some of the
differences between how men and women use the internet at work,” said Michael
Newman, vice president and general counsel, Websense, Inc. “However, one
significant similarity shown in the survey is that both genders can easily be
lured in by the internet for its sheer entertainment value or as a resource to
complete personal errands. Workplace internet solutions should balance employees’
needs for personal use of the web at work without draining overall productivity
or morale, all while keeping employees safe from new web-based security threats
such as spyware and phishing attacks.”

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