I keep reading about this firewall being better than another, this anti-virus program being the best, how I can't live without online protection and so on. Well I can't remember the last time I saw any real nasties - but it must have been more than 10 years ago. I sit behind a netgear router, use Firefox (no scripts) to surf, my mail is collected and checked by www.netaddress.com and I don't open any unknown emails that might slip thru the net. Every so often I run programs such as AVG anti-spyware, A2, Super Anti Spyware, Spybot, Ad aware, Antivir, and many others and nothing ever shows up - with the exception of harmless cookies and the normal amount of false positives. I have tried with and without software Firewalls, I have run HIPS programs and yet nothing exciting ever happens. So what am I doing wrong ? how come everyone else seems to run 25 different security programs and are still able to find nasties on a regular basis ? Is it possible that security is much ado about nothing ? and that by and large most of these programs are little more than a harmless way of having fun but not really necessary ? I know that in the commercial world Fear Sells but I'm surprised that so many here seem to think that it is dangerous to even get out of bed without the latest update to the latest form of protection.