Nine Kinds Of Sites More Likely To Infect Your Computer Than Porn Websites

The April 2012 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec [pdf] had some fascinating stats:

  1. Web based attacks increased by 36% with over 4,500 new attacks each day. ►Tweet this stat
  2. 403 million new variants of malware were created in 2011, a 41% increase of 2010. ►Tweet this stat
  3. SPAM volumes dropped by 13% in 2011 over rates in 2010. ►Tweet this stat
  4. 39% of malware attacks via email used a link to a web page. ►Tweet this stat
  5. Mobile vulnerabilities continued to rise, with 315 discovered in 2011. ►Tweet this stat

But most shocking of all was probably this chart:

That’s right, porn websites are barely even in the top ten most dangerous category. The theory is that they make money, so don’t need to use malware to make money, and they are very web savvy at keeping their sites free from infections.

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