On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog. That, of course, was the caption to the classic cartoon from The New Yorker magazine. This anonymity comes into play even when instant messaging with someone you know. All the responses from your friends' computer may not actually be coming from your friend. Some may be inserted by malicious software running on your friend's computer.
As Randy Abrams, director of technical education for ESET, the company that produces the NOD32 antivirus program, put it last month:
"Instant messaging is a very successful means for the bad guys to … Read more