14 May 2007
Every so often, it helps to remind ourselves why security and privacy are important. In late 2006, Consumer Reports published its third annual State of the Net, which I think is an excellent summary and forceful reminder of why, exactly, security and privacy should be high priorities for everyone.
The report is based on a national survey (of America, I believe), and lists the 4 biggest threats on the internet along with their rates of incidence. If you want to know just how likely you are to suffer monetary damages from internet threats, this is a great resource. Here are the findings from survey respondents:
1 in 4 had a major, often costly problem. The cost per incident was $109
1 in 8 had a major, often costly problem. The cost per incident was $100
1 in 115 had a major, often costly problem. The cost per incident was $850
1 in 2 experienced high levels of spam. Consumer Reports doesn’t mention the costliness of spam, probably because it’s too hard to measure. But it’s still a major nuisance that soaks up valuable time and computer resources for almost everyone who uses the internet.
I hope the readers of this blog are slightly less prone to suffer damages as a result of the advice I give. Best of luck to all of you!