Monday, August 24, 2009

Dirtiest Web Sites of Summer 2009

Symantec has published a list of sites that are prone to Malware threats. It is called “Dirtiest Web Sites of Summer 2009”… dirty because you don’t want its contents on your computer. According to Symantec, 48% of these sites have sexually explicit content and are therefore excluded from the list. Categorically, we have phishing sites, malicious downloads, browser exploits and links to external sites that are unsafe. Since downloading is the primary method of infecting your PC via viruses, it remains the primary method of infection followed by security risks and browser exploits.

Symantec has created this list as part of an analysis for Norton Safe Web product. Safe Web offers a free way to check a site for its Malware propensities such as computer threats, identity threats, ecommerce safety threats and annoyance factors by entering the site’s URL (Uniform Resource Locator or address bar as it is commonly called) at http://safeweb.norton.com. Additionally, some vendors have features or plug-ins to warn you prior to visiting a site that is a high-risk Malware threat – McAfee Site Advisor has a plug-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer and TrendMicro has a feature. The software I have on one of my computers from CA has a status bar at the top of the screen verifying the validity of the site. With CA you can hover your browser over the link to find out the status prior to actually clicking on the link. Knowing this status gives you the choice of proceeding or aborting the visit. With the foregoing, users have two ways of checking sites prior to visit, either through the Safe Web site or through features and/plug-in in your browsers.

Below is Symantec’s list from the Norton Save Web site. The list does not include sites with sexually explicit URLs. You can visit http://safeweb.norton.com/dirtysites to view the individual reports used to get these sites landed on this list.

Sample of Dirtiest Web Sites:
• 17ebook.com
• aladel.net
• bpwhamburgorchardpark.org
• clicnews.com
• dfwdiesel.net
• divineenterprises.net
• fantasticfilms.ru
• gardensrestaurantandcatering.com
• ginedis.com
• gncr.org
• hdvideoforums.org
• hihanin.com
• kingfamilyphotoalbum.com
• likaraoke.com
• mactep.org
• magic4you.nu
• marbling.pe.kr
• nacjalneg.info
• pronline.ru
• purplehoodie.com
• qsng.cn
• seksburada.net
• sportsmansclub.net
• stock888.cn
• tathli.com
• teamclouds.com
• texaswhitetailfever.com
• wadefamilytree.org
• xnescat.info
• yt118.com

Even if the sites you visit are not listed here, my pray is for you to develop a conscious security habit during your time on the Internet.

As always, email me with your comments and topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace


Links:
Dirtiest Websites of Summer 2009

http://safeweb.norton.com/dirtysites

Latest news and threats
http://safeweb.norton.com/buzz

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