Ever wonder what the odds are that your computer will be infected with malware (viruses, worms, trojan horses and other nasty things)? The incidence of malware infections is increasing at an alarming rate; one reason is the increase in malware itself and another is the lack of good computer security practices among most computer users. We know that the involvement of organized crime and the immense availability of malware for sale have increased the world’s supply, but why aren’t people taking proper measures to safeguard their computers against malware attacks? Then it came to mind that perhaps most folks don’t think it’ll happen to them…that the odds are so low that they’ll never get infected.
I did a little research and found that the chance of being infected by malware is astoundingly, eye-popping, breathtakingly high. According to BBC Online, a Microsoft security report in April of 2009, found that 8.6 computers in every 1,000 worldwide will be infected by malware. If you think that 8.6 in 1,000 is pretty good odds and that you may have some wiggle room for being infected, think again…this is bad. Let’s compare these odds with playing the lottery, something that most of us do because we think the odds are that we may win. In the US, the Mega Millions lottery game’s odds to win (think being infected) are 1 in 175,711,158 and the Power Ball lottery game’s odds to win are 1 in 195,249,054…but we play them anyway. If you don’t play the lottery, or think the comparison isn’t a good one; another statistic you should know is that, according to Tech Crunchies, the US malware infection rate is 58.25%. That’s better than 1 in every 2.
Now…does the chance of being infected seem dangerously high to you? It does to me. Want to do something about it? Here’s a start: US-CERT Cyber-Security Tips, and visiting this blog, Bill Mullins’ blog, or Whats On My PC blog will also help you to strike a defense against malware infection.
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