Religious Sites More Dangerous Than Porn, Security Firm Says

Good news, porn fans. According to a new report, it’s safer to visit adult sites than many religious or ideology-based web sites.

In its recently released Internet Security Threat Report, big-name security firm Symantec says that it found adult sites to represent just the tenth-most dangerous type of Internet web site. Far more likely to infect your computer with a nasty bug are blogs, particularly those based on some kind of religious or ideological message.

“It is interesting to note that Web sites hosting adult/porno-graphic content are not in the top five, but ranked tenth,” Symantec said in the report. “Moreover, religious and ideological sites were found to have triple the average number of threats per infected site than adult/pornographic sites.”

So, what’s the deal? Symantec believes there’s a simple explanation: porn sites make a lot of money selling memberships and content. They want people to come back and buy more of that content, so why would they want to infect their valued customers with some kind of annoying spyware bug?

“We hypothesize that this is because pornographic website owners already make money from the Internet and, as a result, have a vested interest in keeping their sites malware-free – it’s not good for repeat business,” Symantec says.

Symantec’s report wasn’t just about validating your visits to adult web sites, however. It also noted that hacks are becoming much more sophisticated than in the past.

How so?

There are far fewer of those bogus emails sent to millions of inboxes and far more well-organized, targeted attacks on specific firms and organizations.

In addition, Symantec revealed that its software alone blocked 5.5 billion malicious attacks in 2011, up an incredible 81 per cent from the previous year.

So, today’s lesson from Symantec: get your religion from books and visit all the adult sites you can handle! Just use a Symantec software product to do it.

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One Response to Religious Sites More Dangerous Than Porn, Security Firm Says

  1. Now, this is counter-intuitive but interesting. I guess I’ll be very careful about all the kinds of sites I visit.