Low-income Americans more worried about online credit card security than high-income

44% of low-income Americans say they strongly agree that they don’t like sending personal information or credit card numbers over the internet, according to Pew Internet. 22% of Americans with household incomes below $25,000 annually, strongly agree that online shopping is convenient. For upper income Americans – household where the annual income exceeds $100,000 – 25% feel strongly in their concerns about sending personal information over the internet, 36% say they find online shopping convenient.

50% of companies block some of Web 2.0 services

More than 50% of the companies surveyed said they do not allow employees to access typical Web 2.0 services from work –such as social networking sites, Internet video sites (YouTube) or virtual worlds (Second Life) – because they view such services a waste of the employee’s and the company’s time, according to IDC.

57% of Americans still very concerned with credit card safety online

61% of adult Americans said they were very or extremely concerned about the privacy of personal information when buying online, an increase from 47% in 2006, University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future says. Concerns about credit card security have largely stabilized, with 57% very or extremely concerned in 2007. It was 53% in 2006. As of 2007, 67% of adult Internet users shop online, compared with just half a year earlier. Most spend $100 or less a month, and two-thirds of online shoppers have reduced buying at brick-and-mortar stores. Online parents are more likely than ever to withhold Internet use as punishment – 62% in 2007, compared with 47% a year earlier and 32% in 2000.

UK SMB spending on managed security reached $42 mln in 2007

Small and medium businesses (SMBs, or companies with up to 999 employees) in the United Kingdom spent $12 bln on IT services in 2007, up some 8% over 2006. Up to 29% of the over $40 bln in IT and telecom spending by UK SMBs went towards IT services. In terms of spending, software development and integration, day-to-day IT management and process management are dominant categories for SMBs in the UK. As demand for third-party services continues to broaden, expenditures for services in other IT categories are increasing. Total SMB spending for managed security services reached $42 mln in 2007 and storage services climbed to a substantial $388 mln, up some 20% over in 2007.

IM attacks: 45% on MSN Messenger, 20% on Yahoo! IM, 19% on AIM

faceTime says 19% of threats were reported on the AOL Instant Messenger network, 45% on MSN Messenger, 20% on Yahoo! Instant Messenger and 15% on all other IM networks including Jabber-based IM private networks. Attacks on these private networks have more than doubled in share since 2003, rising from seven% of all IM attacks to 15% in 2007. In 2007 researchers saw a shift in the non-IM vectors used to distribute viruses, malware and spyware. Most notable is the rise in IRC-distributed attacks: in 2006, IRC accounted for 58% of attacks, rising to 72% by year-end 2007.

$3.2 bln lost to phishing in 2007

Phishing attacks in the United States soared in 2007 as $3.2 bln was lost to these attacks, according to Gartner. 3.6 mln adults lost money in phishing attacks in the 12 months ending in August 2007, as compared with the 2.3 mln who did so the year before. Of consumers who received phishing e-mails in 2007, 3.3% say they lost money because of the attack, compared with 2.3% who lost money in 2006, and 2.9% who did so in 2005. The average dollar loss per incident declined to $886 from $1,244 lost on average in 2006 (with a median loss of $200 in 2007), but because there were more victims, $3.2 bln was lost to phishing in 2007, according to surveyed consumers. Some 1.6 mln adults recovered about 64% of their losses in 2007, up from the 54% that 1.5 mln adults recovered in 2006.