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It's a fairly long article, but well worth a read.

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Days before Heartland Payment Systems admitted to a computer intrusion that likely exposed hundreds of thousands of consumers to fraud, a group of volunteer security professionals sniffed out the truth on their own.

For years, researchers with the nonprofit Open Security Foundation have been scouring press reports, bank websites and other sources for information on consumer data spills, tallying more than 394 million records lost or compromised in 1,700 incidents since 2000.

In January, acting on a tip, David Shettler and his fellow foundation volunteers started looking for customer breach notifications coming from regional banks around the United States, and quickly found a pattern.


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Pretty crazy if you ask me.
Edited by BiG O - 2/20/09 at 1:31pm
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So basically, the biggest risk is still someone physically stealing your computer/laptop.

I realize they are talking more at the corporate level, but the same probably applies to home users as well.

I also think its funny that your still more likely to get ripped off(according to the chart) through SnailMail rather than e-mail. Or even worse, by someone stealing your garbage
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So basically, the biggest risk is still someone physically stealing your computer/laptop.

I realize they are talking more at the corporate level, but the same probably applies to home users as well.

I also think its funny that your still more likely to get ripped off(according to the chart) through SnailMail rather than e-mail. Or even worse, by someone stealing your garbage
No, the chart doesn't say that you're more likely to get ripped off via snail mail. The chart just shows the totals all time of incidents. Snail mail has been around longer than email, so it's had more time to trick people .
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Err, source link?
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No, the chart doesn't say that you're more likely to get ripped off via snail mail. The chart just shows the totals all time of incidents. Snail mail has been around longer than email, so it's had more time to trick people .
Well they only went back as far as 2000, so I think SnailMail and email are on equal ground there. However, you might be right about SnailMail having better time-tested tricks (but I know a Prince in Nigeria that begs to differ). Also, snailmail can be physically stolen, email can't (in most cases).
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Err, source link?
I'm pretty much amazing...

Fixed.
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However something has to be said to the notion that there is ALOT more emails sent everyday than there is S-Mail. So generally speaking that chart is skewed. Unless they used the same sample numbers say.. out of 100,000 Emails vs 100,000 S-Mails..
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However something has to be said to the notion that there is ALOT more emails sent everyday than there is S-Mail. So generally speaking that chart is skewed. Unless they used the same sample numbers say.. out of 100,000 Emails vs 100,000 S-Mails..

Yea but I'm pretty sure over the course of human history, there has been more snail mail than email.
    
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Yea but I'm pretty sure over the course of human history, there has been more snail mail than email.
Actually that may not be correct. Individual people can receive hundreds or thousands of spam emails every single day. Many people even have multiple accounts which all get tons of crap. I'd bet that there have been more emails than regular mail items in history at this point.
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You have a good point, but the term "snail mail" could apply to any type of over-ground communication. This would not only apply to USPS, Fed-Ex, UPS, etc. but going back in time to running messengers in Greece 3,000 years ago (for one example). Although email is catching up at an exponential rate, snail mail has about 5,000 year head start .
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