2007 state of the net

In May 2007, I commented on the Consumer Reports 2006 State of the Net assessment. Here are the results of the 2007 State of the Net report:


Your chances: 1 in 2


Your chances: 1 in 5, with a typical cost of $100.


Your chances: 1 in 11, with a typical cost of $100.


Your chances of losing money from an account: 1 in 81, with a typical cost of $200.

Encouragingly, the odds of getting nicked by each one of these threats fell since 2006, except in the case of phishing (formerly 1 in 115, meaning phishing attacks are becoming cleverer and more widespread). The cost for each malady stayed roughly the same, with phishing the exception once again. Last year, phishing victims typically lost $850, so the number has fallen considerably.

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  1. Comment by pj — 13 December 2007 @ 10:50 am

    hey ian,

    I’m having trouble removing norton from a computer and it’s basically holding a door open to a bunch of spyware and adware and viruses.

    any ideas?


  2. Comment by Ian Saxon — 15 December 2007 @ 3:04 am

    PJ, strange that Norton won’t let you uninstall it. Have you tried Add/Remove Programs from the Control Panel menu?

  3. Comment by pj — 15 December 2007 @ 11:16 pm

    yep. i figured it out though. was a virus or something that had deactivated the program’s something or other.

    it’s all sorted out now though. norton is gone as are the 39 spyware, 231 adware, and 16 viruses that it let into the computer.


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