26.7 Million Americans to Become Victims of Identity Theft Thanks to Spyware, According to PCImmunity.com

Oct 11, 2005, 01:00 ET from Computer Assurance, LLC

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you know who's stealing
 your identity? Until just a few months ago, the odds were that it was someone
 in your family or neighborhood. Today, however, there is someone far more
 savvy and distant stealing your identity. There are currently 26.7 million
 Americans who are unwittingly transmitting their identity to international
 hackers and criminals.
     In a recent study conducted by the Alladin Knowledge Systems of the top
 2,000 known spyware threats, they found that 15 percent of spyware is actually
 stealing all the information typed on an infected computer, by logging the
 information the user types and then transmitting it to the spyware's creator.
 This method is called "key logging," and was the cause for five percent of the
 identity theft cases last year.
     There are currently over 223 million Internet users in the United States
 (http://www.internetworldstats.com/america.htm). According to the National
 Cyber Security Alliance 80 to 90 percent of desktops are infected with
 spyware. At 80 percent, that's 187.4 million Internet users affected by
 spyware. With 15 percent of those transmitting the information needed for
 identity theft, that's 26.7 million people in the U.S. alone transmitting
 their identities to international hackers and criminals.
     Last year, there were approximately 10 million cases of identity theft in
 the U.S., resulting in losses of over $50 billion, of which spyware comprised
 only 5 percent ($2.5 billion). The average identity theft case resulted in
 $5,000 in damage. If we do not do something to stop the flood of spyware, we
 could be looking at over $133 billion in losses this year due to spyware
     There are plenty of products available to fight spyware, many of which are
 free, or very inexpensive. To effectively fight spyware you must have an
 antivirus program, at least two anti-spyware applications, and a firewall on
 your computer. They must be properly installed, updated, and maintained. All
 of this gets to be a bit too much for the average computer user who just wants
 to use the computer and not have to spend hours each week updating and
 maintaining their computer, which is where PCImmunity(TM) comes in.
     PCImmunity is the only product on the market that meets the security
 recommendations of computer experts. An Internet security suite alone will not
 fully protect you from spyware, as it only contains one anti-spyware
 application. To date, no one anti-spyware application has been able to detect
 and remove 100% of known spyware threats. The best applications available
 reach the upper 80 percentile.
     Experts recommend using at least two anti-spyware applications, which
 results in coverage in the upper 90 percentile. PCImmunity is the only product
 available that not only allows, but enforces the two-anti-spyware-application
     Helping users with every aspect of PC security and maintenance is a
 feature unique to PCImmunity. It ensures the user has antivirus, anti-spyware,
 and firewall applications properly installed; if not, PCImmunity allows users
 to select which antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall applications they would
 like from a list of high-quality, trusted applications, and then PCImmunity
 downloads, installs, and maintains them. PCImmunity ensures that computers get
 as virus-free and spyware-free as possible and stay that way. By conducting
 thorough virus and spyware scans daily, PCImmunity saves you hours each day.
 On top of security scans, PCImmunity also conducts disk maintenance, to ensure
 your computer is running at its best. PCImmunity takes all the learning and
 decision-making off the users' hands and does it all without charging an arm
 and a leg.
     According to http://www.pcimmunity.com, spyware and viruses can be easily
 prevented for a low month-to-month cost of just $4.99 with no long-term
 contract or hidden costs, just $4.99/month. PCImmunity keeps its users from
 being one of the 26.7 million American's who are providing their identities to
 international hackers and criminals.
     About Computer Assurance, LLC
     Founded by Matthew Connor, a ten-year veteran of the Military Intelligence
 Corps, and James Clark, MD, an experienced business developer of ten years,
 Computer Assurance, LLC is dedicated to making computers spyware-free, virus-
 free, and well-maintained without the average computer user needing a degree
 in computer science.  PCImmunity is the company's flagship product. For more
 information on spyware, antispyware, anti-spyware, viruses, antivirus, and
 firewalls, visit http://www.pcimmunity.com.
     Matthew Connor
     Computer Assurance, LLC
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