Gone in 60 Seconds: What Happens Online in A Minute

2011 has been quite a year for the Digital Age. In a mere 60 seconds, over 695,000 status updates are posted on Facebook. In the same precious minute, there are almost 80,000 wall posts and over 500,000 comments. Online conversations are soaring with 168 million emails sent each minute, 98,000 tweets, and 370,000 voice calls on Skype. Need a faster response? There are over 11 million instant messenger conversations. Talk about connected!

And we’re using the web as a resource. It seems we’re starving for information. In just one minute, over 694,000 Google search queries are run. We’re also asking questions in hopes our peers have the answers we seek, over 100 questions in 60 seconds on answers.com. We’re also shopping up a storm on the web. Every minute, over 950 purchases are made on eBay and $219,000 of PayPal payments are processed. The digital age certainly bring convenience to a new level. Now you can join the statistics and buy one of the 925 iPhone 4s devices sold every minute while walking down the sidewalk. Life is good.

As we continue to rely more and more on online, its no wonder hackers are shifting their focus in tandem. As the clock goes tick tock, there are 416 hacking attempts on websites and 12 successful websites hacked. By the time one minute is up, 232 computers are infected with malware. Ouch. What can you do to avoid being a victim? Make sure your AV software is up to date and consider an application whitelisting solution to catch any malware your AV might miss.

Wishing you safe and happy surfing for 2012.

Samantha Shah

As a secret nerd, Samantha keeps close tabs on trends, threats, and headlines in IT security to keep you safe from the bad guys. She believes knowledge is power, so Samantha is always on the lookout for new ideas, tips, and best practices to challenge convention and inspire change.