The purpose of this paper is to investigate, analyze and inform within crucial topics regarding some of the most damaging and highly propagatable threats to users of any internetwork service. At the close of the year 2000, there were nearly 361 million Internet users. By April of 2011, the number of users utilizing network services grew by 480.4 percent to almost 2.1 billion users. With a world population of 6.9 billion people, this gives us an Internet penetration of the population of just over 30 percent. With a growing percentage of penetration and rising network population, it is crucial to understand the threats faced by simply plugging in your laptop within the assumed safety of your home network. The technology which affords us simplistic and easy to use network of resources on the Internet is one which is often not understood by the typical network user. Malware exposures increase astronomically faster than the number of users who fully understand the threats that they face. The goal of this paper is to explain these threats and assist users in taking steps to reduce their risk to Malware.
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