NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Online scams and identity theft generally evolve more quickly than your anti-virus software, but Norton aims to change that. Its new Cybercrime Index, a free online tool, gives users daily updates about the latest and greatest risks to their personal security.

The tool aggregates data collected from the user base of three anti-virus software companies – Symantec Global Insight Intelligence Network, ID Analytics and DataLoss DB – then lets you know what scams are currently claiming the most victims around the world.

As of press time, the tool warns that consumers need to be on the lookout for phishing scams that claim to have information on protests in the Middle East. They also need to be wary of e-mails offering free tickets to the upcoming Cricket World Cup in India and Bangladesh.

Scams are broken down into four major categories: identity theft, fraud, malware and spam. Norton provides information on the trends in each one, and also monitors the current overall threat level with color-coded warnings and charts that track cybercrime activity over time. Right now, we are experiencing a low risk of cyberattack, with overall activity trending downwards.

The company said it introduced the tool to heighten awareness and help consumers avoid falling prey to cybercrime.

“We created the Norton Cybercrime Index to show people that cybercrime is real, it can happen to anybody and there is something they can do to protect themselves,” the company wrote on its website.

While Norton’s motives may not be entirely altruistic – the company, after all, sells anti-virus software – the tool is full of useful and timely information.

Unlike similar quarterly indexes launched by other anti-virus software sites, Norton’s tool is set to update every morning and the company will also post real-time alerts should a large-scale cyberattack take place after the daily scheduled updates.

In addition to viewing the tool on Norton’s website, you can also receive updates via your mobile phone or download a version directly to your desktop.

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