My last blog entry about a particularly nasty virus attack on my business system prompted INN Editor-in-Chief Pat Speer to remark to me that things were getting pretty wild out there in cyberspace, and she could not be more correct.

Virtually every Internet source I could find has documented increases in most kinds of malware over previous years, and predicted more doom and gloom for the years to come. But why should this be so? A whole new (and very profitable) industry has grown up around virus protection, and most of us are at least marginally aware that we need to do something to protect ourselves against intrusions, whether they be from disaffected pre-teens with nothing better to do, or from multi-national criminal syndicates who are making untold volumes of money by stealing information and often funneling the funds to terrorist organizations.

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