The Federal Trade Commission says that Americans are losing more than $100 million a year to international con artists.

The government vigilantly patrols our physical borders, it is doing precious little to control our electronic ones. Consider this: someone trying to bring fresh fruit from Europe into the United States will be stopped by an agent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But there’s nothing to protect you from the electronic damage wrought by an infected Microsoft Word file sent to you by some computer hacker in Iraq.