India is ahead of United States, Japan and China in basic personal computer (PC) security, says computer security company McAfee.

McAfee conducted a global study to address PC security by first understanding the overall level of consumer security preparedness worldwide. The study was conducted in 24 countries, analyzing data from an average of 27-28 million PCs each month, to determine a global estimate of the number of consumers who have basic security software.

According to the study, India beats US, Japan, China and Singapore when it comes to basic PC protection though internet penetration in the country is low.

When it comes to basic security protection, India is ranked 14th with 82.67 percent, while China is ranked 17th with 82 percent, Japan is ranked 19th with 80.65 percent, US stood at 19th spot with 80.65 percent and Singapore is ranked last with 78.25 percent.

Finland tops the list of the highest percentage of basic security protection with 90.30 percent, followed by Italy (86.20 percent), Germany (85.55 percent), New Zealand            (85.22 percent), Denmark (85.00 percent), France (84.80 percent), Brazil (84.50 percent), Australia (84.30 percent), Netherlands (84.20 percent), Norway (84.20 percent) and UK (83.52 percent).

The study found out that 83 percent of global PC owners have working basic security protection and 17 percent of personal computers scanned had no anti-virus software installed or it was expired.

Steve Petracca, SVP and GM of consumer, small business and mobile at McAfee said that personal computers have to be protected from virus as cyber crime is increasing everyday.

"The freedom to browse the Internet comes with the added risk of unwanted exposure, and cybercriminals are preying on unsuspecting victims," said Steve Petracca.

"With the increasing number of global cyber-attacks affecting consumers, it is critical that the 17% of consumers that are unprotected update their virus protection before it's too late," he added.