A survey commissioned by security vendor PC Tools and conducted by Harris Interactive may reveal a bit too much about how much Americans like to romp around the Web. According to the study, some 25 percent of U.S. residents are just fine being "plugged in" to the Internet while also plugging (or being plugged by) their sexual partner.
"While some of these results may seem amusing, they show that staying connected is a very serious issue to many, no matter what the circumstance," said PC Tools vice president of marketing Stephanie Edwards."
"It is also noteworthy how we entrust our computers and the Internet with our most intimate details -- even if we don't have the time or inclination to worry about computer maintenance or safety."
The survey is filled with amusingserious statistics, like 29 percent of people in the U.S. seeing no problem being online during a honeymoon, while 8 percent were okay with surfing cyberspace during religious services.
It should come as no big surprise that men (18 percent) were more concerned with women (12 percent) about others seeing the websites they visited, though not by much. And we suppose it also shouldn't be shocking that nearly a third said they would be willing to risk downloading malicious files by visiting a suspicious website or link.
It’s been almost two years since we last looked at a security product from PC Tools—PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition—and the experience left such a bad taste in our mouths that we knew exactly how Will Ferrell felt when he was forced to lick a pile of white dog doo-doo in the movie Step Brothers. Yes, it was that bad.
This time around, the experience was measurably more palatable, which is to say it was a lot less like eating dung and more like ordering from the value menu. At $50 for a one-year license, PC Tools will protect up to three PCs and ranks as one of the more affordably priced security suites we’ve dined on this year. If your Google-fu is up to snuff, coupon codes abound, knocking the price down by as much as 30 percent. That comes out to only $35, folks, making this the poor man’s security suite. As such, PC Tools stuffs a comparatively meager feature-set into the box, consisting of an antivirus scanner, spyware module, anti-spam controls, and a firewall. Noticeably absent are some of the side entrees other security vendors embellish their AV suites with, including parental controls, file shredders, identity safeguards, cloud storage, and various other garnishes.