The Most Dangerous Places To Surf… The Web!

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

If you find yourself blogging about your trip or sending an email update to family and friends if you happen to be visiting Turkey or Russia, you may want to be a little more vigilant than normal. According to TechCrunch and sourcewire.com, these are the two riskiest countries for surfing on the Internet.

The study — conducted by security company AVG — compiled data from over 100 million PCs in 144 countries which had AVG anti-virus software enabled. It found that in Turkey, the software was activated to protect one in ten PCs, and in Russia it was one in fifteen. One of the safest countries to browse the web was Japan, where only one in 404 PCs was attacked.

AVG spokesperson, Roger Thomson, had this to say:

Our research tells us a lot about the [behavior] of web surfers worldwide. Internet users in Turkey, Russia, the Caucasus and South-east Asia for example show disproportionately higher rates of being attacked than the global average of 1 in 73. There are a number of reasons for this. Some of it may be down to a tendency to access semi-legal or illegal download sites, while some of it probably is down to being less cautious when it comes to sharing links and files online. Another factor is the popularity of Internet cafes and people generally sharing computers. However, it is safe to say that even in these countries, a minority of users account for a large proportion of attacks.

So what do you do if you find yourself in a “risky” country for web browsing? Here are some general tips to avoid becoming compromised:

  • Disable file and print sharing
  • Only use secured Wi-Fi connections
  • Log out of any account on any shared computer
  • Clear the browser’s cache when you’re finished
  • Disable your wireless card when not in use
  • Only download from reputable websites
  • Have up-to-date anti-virus software installed

[Image: Don Hankins / Flickr]

Tags: Internet, security, virus, web

    5 Comments

  • Enam says:

    I thought China will be in the list. There are a lot of hackers training websites in China.

  • It’s also a great way to alert burglars back home that you are not home.

  • Don’t just delete your browser’s cache it’s better to over write it so it is unrecoverable. Click drive cleaner above for a free download.

  • Emanon says:

    Does no one notice that they only found that there is a smaller number of people using THEIR product in those countries not just ANY product. This means nothing as they may be using some OTHER product. Kaspersky Avira Bitdefender or a host of linguistically specific solutions might be in use rendering any poll based on testing for a single product (especially by the company that owns the product ie: OH NOES PEOPLE ARENT USING OUR SHIT, no problem make up a F.U.D. story about danger in other countries and they will get it.) just my $0.02
    ~Ema~

  • John Crenshaw says:

    I agree, that there are definitely certain countries (and even cities and other establishments) where you need to be careful. Along with what the author said, I think it’s also a good idea to keep your computer files up to date and use a personal VPN. This way, even if your wireless connection is not secured, you can secure it yourself with encryption.

    A good VPN provider is http://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ but there are many others.

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