So do the math. Our world is going online; it's a wave that can't be stopped. The current Internet is overrun by criminals and malware. One-third of the population had their identity stolen last year alone. One-fourth of all PCs connected to the Internet are infected by remote control bots. Hundreds of thousand of Web sites are infected by malware. Spam accounts for more e-mail than legitimate messages. Anti-virus scanning accuracy is at an all-time low. There is almost no hope that any of the current defensive measures will be able to make the problem better. It’s not a pretty equation.
I'm fairly certain that our Internet a decade from now will be one where default anonymity is gone, or at least relegated to a less secure twin. Businesses will flock to the new, more secure version, as will their business partners. Your grandmother and less computer-savvy folks will pay more to be "safe." In the end, we will all be on a more secure Internet — it's just a question of whether we do it in a planned, methodical manner or the haphazard, reactive way we do most computer things.
If my vision is off track, what is the alternative?