One of the familiar criticisms that is directed at the security community is that it is “old news”. The critics say that it is old, tired news to be advocating malware and spyware protection. Supposedly, everyone knows about the dangers of the internet.
That does not seem to be the case.
An estimate from Panda Security is that there are ten million computers, at least, that is infected with malware:
“…Of the 67 million computers that PandaLabs analyzed in 2008 for the study, 35 percent of those infected had up-to-date antivirus software installed. The number of computers that have been actively exposed to identity fraud malware is about 1 percent of the worldwide population of Internet users, according to the study.”
In the hands of a good bot-herder, the extent of damage could be financial chaos on a global scale. You may have security software and keep up to date with the new definitions. You may scan your computer for any problems that may have occurred. However, you have friends, family and/or contacts who do not take such precautions. And that puts your computer in danger.
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