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Malicious Websites In The First Half Of 2012: A Bleak Overview

What do you usually search for when you go online? Is it daily deals, travel offers, books and e-learning materials or movies on file sharing platforms? Or maybe you’re interested in online news?  
Whatever your preferences, just consider these recent facts and stats:
  • Google finds about 9500 new malicious sites every day – either legitimate websites that have been compromised by malware authors, or websites built specifically for phishing or to host malware. Noteworthy: malware distributors continue to compromise large numbers of legitimate websites, and phishers continue to target heavily e-commerce websites like eBay. Their phishing methods are, it seems, getting more sophisticated.
  • According to data gathered by Customer Magnetism, 32.7 % of the world population is on the internet, of which 92% use search engines. Also, the number of users has registered a 528.1% growth over the last decade. With these user stats in mind, the pool of potential victims is clearly large and generous. No wonder malicious and compromised websites are ever-more present.
  • According to the Internet Threats Trend Report issued by Commtouch in July 2012, the top 5 website categories infected with malware are education, travel, business, entertainment and restaurants. The same report lists portals, fashion and beauty, sports, shopping and education as the top 5 website categories most targeted by phishing scams.
Granted, avoiding malicious websites can prove rather tricky, especially since they cover so many areas: education, travel, sports, fashion etc. But there are ways to make sure you don’t fall victim or run into malicious websites when you’re online.

Here are 5 tips for a safe online experience:

  1. Avoid downloading software, videos and other files from file-sharing platforms.
  2. Make sure the websites that ask for your credentials (passwords, credit card details, usernames) are secured. Their web addresses must start with https, and not http.
  3. Keep all your programs up to date, including your web browser.
  4. Use a Safe browsing tool that flags out malicious sites in your search results. Bullguard Internet Security 12 comes with this important security feature, along with an award-winning antivirus protection.
  5. Apply common sense whenever you see an ad promoting an exciting offer or service, even if it’s posted on a reputable site. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
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Filed under: Internet Threats

Written by Emma Ban

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