October 2009 is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is a whole long month of bringing awareness to PC users of the perils of the internet and the various types of attacks waged against computer users to steal not only data but personal information like Bank and Credit Card details, to just personal information that could be used to clone your ID.
The more awareness on this very large issue there is the better as malware (malicious software ~ Virus, Trojans, Keyloggers and Spyware) has over the past 3yrs or so become a major problem, with many users becoming infected. Majority of this is due to surfing and downloading habits, however with better education on how to protect yourself against attacks the less likely it is you will be caught out with a malware infection.
From BBC Technology News
The US government has urged all internet users to play their part in protecting the network from attack.
The call comes at the start of National Cyber Security Awareness month.
The Homeland Security Department said "all computer users, not just industry and government, have a responsibility to practice good ‘cyber hygiene’". Security experts agree and have said users need to think before they click as part of an effort to highlight how vulnerable e-mail is to cyber scams. A recent report claimed e-mail spam is on the rise and accounted for 87% of all e-mail sent in August.
"E-mail is a critical application so users need to think before opening that mail," said Rohyt Belani, the founder and chief executive of Intrepidus Group, a security consultancy.
"Our studies have shown that within the first hour of someone receiving a phishing e-mail, 60% of people click on them. That is not enough time for the security folks to act."
Phishing attacks are specifically aimed at getting people to divulge personal information like social security numbers or bank details. Attackers may send an e-mail that appears to legitimately come from a credit card company or a financial institution requesting information that is then used to steal the users’ identity.
Full article HERE
More information at Stay Safe Online