200,000 malicious programs in existence

These problem programs can arrive via e-mail, instant messenger, through your internet connection or even your web browser if you visit the wrong website. The threats are so numerous and appear so fast that Windows users must feel under siege. [link]

The majority of the attacks are against Windows users. So how do we stay safe while surfing? The BBC offers a few suggestions:

  • Use anti-spyware and anti-virus programs
  • On at least a weekly basis update anti-virus and spyware products
  • Install a firewall and make sure it is switched on
  • Make sure updates to your operating system are installed
  • Take time to educate yourself and family about the risks
  • Monitor your computer and stay alert to threats

Doesn’t exactly say much, but for starters, this is good advice.