The internet is still a very young medium and when one considers the number of years it took from the introduction of the car to things like compulsory fitting of seat belts to cars in the UK in 1967 (source: RoSPA) the amount of options to protect yourself, your family and business is almost bewildering.
An item on BBC News Online ponders whether criminals may one day overwhelm the web, through things like creating massive networks computers under their own control without the actual owner of the computer being aware of this. The figure of 100 to 150 million computers already forming part of these botnets as they are known out of the 600 million computers on the internet, does look worrying.
So what can you do? Quite a lot really, and while much of what you can do may seem confusing, sites like GetSafeOnline.org can help many people.