- The Washington Times - Monday, September 25, 2006

If you aren’t already motivated to keep your personal information, well, personal, here’s some more ammo:

The latest Internet Security Threat Report released today by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) shows that because home users are less likely to have established security measures in place, they are being increasingly targeted by attackers for identity theft, fraud, or other financially motivated crime. Furthermore, attackers are now using a variety of techniques to escape detection and prolong their presence on systems in order to gain more time to steal information, hijack the computer for marketing purposes, provide remote access, or otherwise compromise confidential information for profit.

“Understanding the current threat landscape is critical in helping us protect our citizens’ online interactions and ensure the availability of our critical systems,” said David Jordan, chief information security and privacy officer for Arlington County, Va. “The current

threat intelligence in Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report, combined with our use of leading-edge security technologies, helps us ensure the highest degree of security for our citizens and government agencies.”

You need to get and use security software, keep it updated, and be ever-vigilant. Or have I said that here already?

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