Online services. To trust or not to trust?

According to various researches, statistics and rumors, up to 80-90 percent of all computers worldwide are being infected with viruses, spyware parasites or different kinds of malware. Nothing new here. It must only be noted that a larger part of all the infections occur because of users’ carelessness, ignorance and lack of experience. Of course, malware makers, not people, are to blame. However, regular users can learn from own mistakes.

Let’s imagine another situation. You are using one of the most popular and reputable online services (Yahoo! Mail, Orkut, insert any other brand name here). You didn’t do anything unusual online, didn’t download that “absolutely free” stuff, didn’t click on commercial pop-ups, didn’t visit malicious sites, etc. But your system got infected nonetheless. You even lost your confidential information. Who is to blame? Either you or malware makers didn’t do anything to drop malware on your computer. Who is responsible for vulnerabilities in popular online services that you are using?

If you do not understand what this is all about, try to recall recent news titles. “JavaScript worm using a zero-day vulnerability targets Yahoo! Mail”. “Data-theft worm targets Google’s Orkut”. Flaws in popular online services are and will be utilized by yet unseen parasites (like Orcu or Yamanner) that really affect your system and violate your privacy.

To trust or not to trust? Rhetorical question.

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