2 December 2007
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.