Blogging is the most prevalent manifestation of the social phenomenon on the internet to date and it keeps on growing each and everyday. Being ever so popular, it has become the next step for unscrupulous malware makers who aim to get at the most computers, mobile devices and just about anything connected to the internet as a means of spreading their handiwork. Many people still fail to recognize the true value of intrusion prevention systems till they get their credit card information stolen and used for fraudulent purchases and more. We hear sad stories of such incidents everyday which could have been avoided with simple and even free software embedded within the many operating systems being used to access the internet. Firewalls, anti-viruses and other software have the ability to protect your privacy when you connect to the internet. Researchers have established that the longest time a computer connected to the internet has is fifteen minutes before malware gets in and wreaks havoc within. People should recognize the gravity of the situation that the internet is a public place and that any information contained within a computer connected to it is fair game left unprotected. There are a lot of free/shareware versions of intrusion protection software out on the net, and it only takes a few minutes to install so why wait. Your privacy is you, and you are always a target on the dangerous realm of the internet.