Male surfers feed spyware surge

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Male office workers are more likely than women to use their PCs in ways that could introduce spyware and other threats to company networks than female employees, according to internet security company SurfControl.

The company, which develops and markets a range of Net filtering products, surveyed 300 office workers to find out how often they used online facilities that are often the source of malicious threats. The survey found that men were found to be more likely to use personal Instant Messaging and Web-based email and were twice as likely to download and swap free video and music files. Where 63% of women claimed never to have used a USB port on their computer, the equivalent figure for men was 34%.

According to SurfControl CEO Steve Purdham, men's enthusiasm for recreational use of offi...

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