Security firm Symantec released its new "State of PC Health" study and the results are anything but comforting. According to the study, the overwhelming majority of American computer users neglect their PCs, resulting in lower performance and higher security risks.
The study was conducted by NortonLive, the consumer services arm of Norton, which pulled data from over 1 million PCs running Norton PC Checkup. Here's a sampling of what they found:
According to the study, Norton PC Checkup customers showed an equally lackadaisical attitude towards system security. For example, 41 percent of users use completely open wireless routers with no security protection, while 45 percent don't have a firewall installed.
Norton PC Checkup is a free diagnostic tool, which you can download here .