Re:***READ THIS if you use Internet Explorer***
I believe you are wrong about what motivates the vast majority of hackers.
To them it's a game. It's the digital equivalent of spray-painting a tag on the side of a building. In other words, there's no purpose behind it. It is merely vandalism for vandalism's sake.
I am also a firm believer in using as much non-Microsoft software as possible. Why? Because, for the most part, Microsoft software is the hacker's favourite target. Not to mention all the security holes that have still not been addressed by Microsoft.
Whenever I am online with the Tech Department of my ISP, no matter what has brought me there, I give them an earful and ask them to kick my comments upstairs. What get's me so outraged? The only email client on which my ISP will provide support is Outlook Express, the least secure software going and the chief target of hackers.
For the record, I use Eudora.