Articles by Robyn Greenspan 

Online Hazards Deterring Users

A Consumer Reports study evaluated Internet users' chief online security complaints and vigorously tested possible solutions.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, May 2004

The spam volume remains unchanged over the month, but Internet users don't have reason to celebrate, as the plateau is not indicative of an imminent decline in unwanted messages.

PCs Monitored, E-mail Bugged

Research reveals an average of 28 pieces of spyware per computer, and half of spam filled with activity-tracking beacons.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, March 2004

The spam ratio only grew by 1 percentage point, but the economic damage from malware was staggering.

IM Spam Expected to Triple

As if spam wasn't annoying enough, unwanted messages are popping up on instant messaging screens too.

More Unwanted Messages Since CAN-SPAM

While Pew Internet & American Life Project found that e-mail users have seen an increase in spam, the survey reports a decrease in pornographic messages.

Perceptions of Trust

Research reveals that a distinct gap exists between U.S. businesses and consumers regarding issues of privacy, trust, and how personal data is handled.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, January 2004

E-mail inboxes groaned under the 60 percent spam volume, along with the most financially destructive worm the Internet has known.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, December 2003

High growth rates and record-breakers are usually celebrated, but not when it comes to spam and viruses. The spam volume rose from 42 percent of e-mail to 58 percent during 2003, and the year fell just short of being the worst on record for malware variants.

U.S. Named as Biggest Spammer, Spammee

An annual United Nations report identified the country as the biggest victim of spam and digital attacks, while also leading the globe in sending unwanted e-mail.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, October 2003

While one firm measured a decline in the monthly amount of spam, another report finds the economic damage to be among the worst ever recorded.

Spam: Always Annoying, Often Offensive

The payoff for spammers lies in the 1 percent of recipients who give money as a response to an unsolicited commercial e-mail.

Porn Pages Reach 260 Million

Explicit online material accounts for 12 percent of all Web sites, generating $2.5 billion in revenue.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, July 2003

Good news, bad news, and worse news found in the month's figures.

Corp America Not Fully Prepared For Biz Interruptions

Fortune 1000 executives believe it would take their organizations longer than an average business day to restore critical information systems.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, June 2003

Spam attacks increase nearly 2.5 percent for the month, as the ratio of spam to non-spam reaches the global tipping point.

Surfers Unaware of Data Collection

While privacy policies may not adequately protect personal information, some industries score higher than others.

Spam Threatens Revenue, Kids

Unsolicited e-mail is not only costing global corporations billions of dollars in lost revenue, it also exposes nearly half of online kids to pornographic messages.

Global Biz Still Unprepared

Record-breaking digital attacks and threats of more serious disasters have not inspired organizations to adopt complete business continuity plans for dealing with catastrophes.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, May 2003

Spam attacks increase another 6+ percent for the month, as the global ratio of unwanted messages in business e-mail breaks the 50 percent mark.

Consumers Lose Themselves Online

The growing problem of identity theft could create worldwide losses of up to $2 trillion by 2005, spurring government initiatives and warnings to online merchants.

Security Breaches Rage Through Asia Pacific

Three-quarters of developers reported at least one violation during 2003, and two-thirds had three or more.

Credit Card Concerns Curtail Purchases

Almost all Internet users have them, but many are afraid to use them online.

The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, April 2003

Propelled by tax-related messages, the number of spam attacks for April increased by more than 4 percent to over 7 million.

P2P = Porn2Peer?

It's not just music anymore - Internet users are also swapping illegal movies and images on corporate networks, causing numerous legal and security concerns.