Consumer Reports (June ’13) dropped this little factoid into the middle of an article on securing one’s smartphone:
Software infections and scams still ravage home computers. Our survey suggests that 3.4 million users had to replace a computer last year because of infections.
Holy flurking schnitt.
What I want to know is this: How many of those 3.4 million users, after first attempting to disinfect a machine — which admittedly takes time and effort — simply said “Fark it, I’m buying a new one?” And does that truly count as “had to”?
(Note: Yes, it’s a Windows-related string up there. As Apple fanbois will happily inform us all, nobody attacks Macs.)