The BBC recently performed a computer security experiment. They created a virtual Windows XP Home system encased within a highly-protected XP Pro system, thus enabling them to monitor all internet traffic coming in to the XP Home “machine.” Then they connected it to the internet. The first attack occurred within seconds, and there was never a period longer than 15 minutes without an attack of some sort. Note that they didn’t surf or otherwise use the internet; rather, they simply connected the machine to the internet and let it sit idle. This is a good reminder why it’s important to use firewalls and keep Windows updated.