Which is more likely to kill you?
A: a deer
B: a shark
Surprise; you are 300 hundred times more likely to be killed by a deer than a shark. Each year deer kill close to 200 people by jumping in front of a moving car. On the other hand only eight fatal shark attacks were reported along the Pacific Coast of the United States in the 20th century. Eight deaths in a hundred years. (HT Dr. Nancy Haller.)
Which is more likely to kill your computer?
A: a virus
B: a fire
The answer, according to Craig Wright the President of Continu Data Services is a fire.
However malware attacks (such as computer virus) are exciting and like shark attacks they are hyped and sensationalized by the media.
The lesson: It is OK to go swimming and it is OK to use the Internet…just be sure to make a back up.