Sunday, 30 December 2012

Which are more dangerous? Adult or Religious websites

A woman

In 2011, Symantec found that despite the public "image",  sexually explicit websites that host "adult films" were less likely to pose a security threat from malware compared to religious and ideological websites.    

The internet Security Threat Report of 2011 found that you are 3 times more likely to be infected at a church website than an adult site!

This is most likely due to the fact that adult entertainment will hand in a lot of money and hence they can invest in the resources to protect that income - such as giving someone a full time job to maintain the sites. Whereas those who set up religious websites are likely to be less experienced amateurs with no knowledge of how to protect a website.

This finding raises an interesting security concept in that it is not possible to make any assumptions about a website's security based upon its contents!  In other words, it's important to treat any website as a potential threat regardless of subject matter!


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