Silver surfers are leading the way in protecting their computers from hackers and viruses.
According to a three-year study, 40 percent of home computer Internet security purchases are made by retired people. Women lead the way, making up 53 percent of all 60 years-olds who buy these products.
This trend was reflected across computer users of all ages, with the proportion of Internet security software and subscription services made by women increasing by 11.2 per cent year-on-year during 2002-2004.
The research, carried out by managed security services company Preventon, asked 750 people about their computer purchases over two years.
"The research shows that people of all ages and walks of life are taking action to protect their PCs,” said Paul Goossens, chief executive officer at Preventon. “This is extremely encouraging, as it suggests that the public at large is heeding the message about the critical need for internet security."
"Historically, security products were made for either techies or enthusiasts," Goossens added. "But in the long run they will be the minority on the Internet as more users are using the Web more responsibly."
In 1998, a Microsoft study found that pensioners spent more time chatting about computers than any other age group.