Online shopping more dangerous than surfing porn?

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by Jim Hillier for Daves Computer Tips

Online shopping more dangerous than surfing porn?

Is this good news for the males out there? Maybe not so good news for the ladies?

According to a report recently published by networking giant Cisco; malware is more likely to come from advertisements on seemingly legitimate sites than from those sites traditionally considered as presenting a higher level of risk, such as sites hosting adult content or those dealing in illegal pharmaceuticals.

The findings presented by CISCO are the result of two globally conducted studies which uncovered several surprises. CISCO’s 2013 Annual Security Report rates online shopping sites at 21 times more likely to deliver a malicious package to your PC than a counterfeit software site… and search engines 27 times more likely. However, neither compare to online advertisements, which appear to be the riskiest of all, with ads being calculated at 182 times more likely to hit you with a virus than scouring the Net for porn.

Not that visiting porn sites should be considered safe, merely relatively so. Viewing porn online can still lead to viruses, and not the kind that cause a rash either.
According to Cisco, people who mix work-related and personal online activity via smartphones and other mobile devices are in the “high risk” bracket for security breaches. That’s particularly the case for what Cisco terms ‘Generation Y’ mobile device users who are described as constantly checking social media, email, and texts.

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One thought on “Online shopping more dangerous than surfing porn?

  1. Well, this is frickin' duh, and the viruses from porn sites do not come from porn sites, they come from the pop-up ads AT porn sites. This thing is DUH because the stats are done in categories, with no regard given to whether you're at WalMart.com, which obviously will not give you a virus, or buy-cheap-suff-now-look-im-a-fraud.com, which obviously easily will, or unknownrandomindependentsite.com, which probablay won't give you a virus but might keep the currency and not ship your stuff. Considering you are putting things only in CATEGORIES and not the right categories, then OBVIOUSLY it is going to end up like this. And the sites that are considered "trustworthy" for SPAM and viruses still are and the sites that aren't aren't.

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