The Internet is a very scary place. I'm talking about malware, like viruses, worms, and trojans. According to security company Symantec, the amount of malware on the internet has reached an all-time high, with over 1 million malicious programs in circulation.
A surpisingly large number of those threats were developed in the last year, with 711,912 new pieces of malware coming out in 2007 compared with 125,243 in 2006, an increase of 468 percent bringing the total number of malicious code threats detected by Symantec to 1,122,311 as of the end of 2007.
The good news for Internet users is that most of these applications are variations of older threats, which means if your anti-virus software is up to date, you should be relatively safe.