Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

Forty Percent Of Users Curse PCs, But Only 3 Percent Smash Them

Most users have at least wished for bad things to happen to their machines, Avira study says

If you've cursed or wished evil on your PC, then you're not alone.

According to a study of 14,000 computer users conducted by security firm Avira, almost two out of every five people worldwide have cursed at their computers at some point in the past. Ironically, almost the same amount of people (38 percent) said they have never yelled at their computers during moments of frustration.

Eleven percent of respondents admitted they have wished for a catastrophic act to happen to their PCs, while 9 percent actually have hit their computers with another object (baseball bat, fist, etc.). Just 3 percent have actually picked up a computer and smashed it into the ground or against another object in disgust.

"I think the funny aspect to this question is that an equal number of people curse at their PC vs. being nice to them," said Elisabeth Rothbart, PR manager at Avira. "There are probably some anger management issues in the results someplace, but we'll worry about the PC side of things. I don't recommend violence of any sort toward computers, but I can relate to the feelings of frustration."

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Add Your Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
Microsoft Patches Wormable RCE Vulns in Remote Desktop Services
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  8/13/2019
The Mainframe Is Seeing a Resurgence. Is Security Keeping Pace?
Ray Overby, Co-Founder & President at Key Resources, Inc.,  8/15/2019
GitHub Named in Capital One Breach Lawsuit
Dark Reading Staff 8/14/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
Your enterprise's cyber risk may depend upon the relationship between the IT team and the security team. Heres some insight on what's working and what isn't in the data center.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2017-18568
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
The my-wp-translate plugin before 1.0.4 for WordPress has XSS.
CVE-2017-18569
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
The my-wp-translate plugin before 1.0.4 for WordPress has CSRF.
CVE-2019-15238
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
The cforms2 plugin before 15.0.2 for WordPress has CSRF related to the IP address field.
CVE-2011-5328
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
The user-access-manager plugin before 1.2 for WordPress has CSRF.
CVE-2014-10381
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-20
The user-domain-whitelist plugin before 1.5 for WordPress has CSRF.