Originally Posted by newphase
Mind you... there was a facebook hack a few days back.
tbh... virus attacks are rare *UNLESS:
1) You go to pron sites.
2) You download stupid emails and read them (Free here: look at these b00bies!).
3) You have your email client set to download all msgs, rather than headers-only.
4) You visit sites like CODC or astalavista with a windows system.
5) You download torrents and steal stuff using stupid apps like limewire and their ilk.
6) You have your router set to be visible (doh!)
7) You dare to visit IRC addresses concerned with hacks, cracks, scripting etc.
NEVER have I had a(n) (accidental or "by mistake") virus on my system since 1999.
Actually studies done by antivirus programs as well as companies such as cisco and barracuda show that one of the more prominent and increasing ways to get a virus is through scripts ran on legit sites. The people putting out viruses are going after the companies that deal with the ads you see on webpages such as OCN/NY Times/Facebook etc. The actual web site is safe, however the ads run a script and unknowning users will accidentally click a pop up or even an add, and they are infected that way.
Look up the viruses like koobface and trojan vundo and see how they are spread. It has to do with XML scripting which even "safe" browsing you still run the risk of getting a virus.