I just heard about this no more than two hours ago --and my computer is now protected, but apparently for the past two years (so I recognize this may be old news, but it's new news to me ) some computer geeks have sent out a dormant virus to erupt on April 1st at 12AM. After using something called Norton AntiVirus Spyware, I'm suppoesd to be safe, but am I the only one who thinks this is totally creepy!? (By the way, this virus is targeted at PCs but Mac and iPhone users are supposed to be cautious too.) The software notified me of five dormant viruses in my computer. Five! What?! After researching (because I know very little about computers, let alone viruses or worms --worms are apparently worse than viruses, and this April Fool's thing is a worm-- ), I found out that viruses are spread by opening emails from people you dont know or going to suspicious Web sites, which confuses me. The only emails I open that I dont know the sender are college solicters, and the only Web sites I frequent are common ones --writingforums, of course; Google Search; Facebook... I dont know how I could have gathered five viruses! Since I was intrigued, I kept researching and found out about these things called tracking cookies and IP addresses. (This is when I come across as really stupid, I bet.) OH. MY. GOD. These people can track you using your IP address! They can find out who you are, where you live (or at least where you are in regards to your computer), what Web sites you've been to, and if they're really good, they can hack into your files --like my writing files. Granted, I doubt anyone would hack my computer to read my half-finished stories, but that's so creepy! Then, these tracking cookies can tell what Web sites you go to, how often, and when. I dont do anything 'wrong' on my computer; I use it for homework, writing, and basic Internet usage, but that freaks me out that someone could, basically, intrude in on my life without me even knowing about it, which was the case with these five, thankfully dormant viruses in my hardware. These tracking cookies are apparently used to save log-ins (so this site uses tracking cookies, which creeps me out) and track where you go on the Internet Superhighway --like, the Indystar.com tracks me! I know they dont give a damn about me, but I'm a private person, and I dont like that. I know the Internet is all about communication, but isnt privacy kind of a right? It just creeps me out.