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McAfee Names the Riskiest Domains on the Web
By: Joe Eitel
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    2010-01-13

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  • McAfee Names the Riskiest Domains on the Web
  • Identify and Avoid
  • The Most Dangerous Domains
  • Other Findings

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    McAfee Names the Riskiest Domains on the Web


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    McAfee considers itself to be the foremost security expert on the web, and for good reason. The antivirus software and computer security company has been around for over twenty years, successfully securing systems and networks from the known and undiscovered threats the world over. Large and small businesses, as well as home users, and government agencies have come to rely on McAfee’s ability to block attacks and prevent disruptions, no matter how large or small. The point: when McAfee reveals the Internet’s riskiest websites, you'd better listen.

    Mapping the Mal

    For three years in a row, McAfee has released a web report called Mapping the Mal , which details the most dangerous domains on the web. Aside from providing a list of these domains, the report also sheds light on just how dangerous visiting unfamiliar websites can be to your computer and the data saved on it. Most users aren’t aware that each search they perform puts their computer at risk of encountering loads of undesirable things, such as malware, spam, or other threats.

    McAfee’s report explains that the threat level of specific websites greatly depend on the website’s top-level domain (TLD), also referred to as its letter code. Generic letter codes include .com and .net, but more specific ones can be .uk or .br, among many others.

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that these letter codes always appear at the end of a website’s address, but what you may not know is that these codes also reveal where the site is registered. According to McAfee, cyber criminals look for the “best deals” when choosing where to register their dangerous websites; they want the domain to be cheap, have an easy registration process, and have very little regulation.

    Before we get into the domains that McAfee found to be the most dangerous, it’s important to recognize risky or dangerous domains before something unfortunate happens to your computer. But how can you identify risky domains and what you can do to avoid them?

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