I always take in the results of studies commissioned by security firms with a grain of salt, but even if McAfee’s recent one is off by a lot, it is still a doosie. According to the 2005 report, roughly half of all Canadians with computers have fallen victim to some sort of personal information breach, and many don’t even know it.
That’s half, or 50%, and that number is the downside estimate. It could be as much as 2/3rds.
James Lewis, the author of the study, suggests that having anti-virus, anti-spyware and personal firewall software installed on your computer can be a solid set of preventative measures. Sounds like the McAfee product suite to me, but nonetheless those are scary numbers.