Symantec on Tuesday launched a new Internet security barometer that
gives consumers clues on which online activities are currently safest.
But unlike rival security meters, Symantec's new Internet Threat
Meter breaks out current risks by activity: e-mail, Web browsing,
instant messaging, and file sharing.
In its debut, the meter labeled e-mail as a "Medium: Use Extra Caution" risk, and Web activities, instant messaging, and file sharing all as "Low: Use Basic Caution." Threats will be tagged with low, medium, and high markers.