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McAfee Names the Riskiest Domains on the Web
By: Joe Eitel
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    McAfee Names the Riskiest Domains on the Web - The Most Dangerous Domains

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    McAfee was able to compile their report thanks to their SiteAdvisor technology , which helped them analyze more than 27 million websites and 104 top-level domains. According to McAfee, SiteAdvisor basically “crawls the web and tests domains for a variety of security threats.” For the first time this year, the security company was also assisted by TrustedSource , which is a web reputation service whose main focus is protecting businesses.

    Though we’ll get into the top ten of the most risky and safe web domains in a moment, here’s a quick rundown of the most telling statistics:

    • Nearly 6 percent of the domains tested by McAfee could be described as “risky.” According to the security company, this is actually an increase from both 2007 and 2008, when about 4 percent of the sites tested were considered risky.

    • McAfee found that the riskiest domain of all those tested was Cameroon, which is shown in the address bar as .cm. This particular domain had a risk rating of almost 37 percent. This may change in next year’s findings, as illustrated by last year’s riskiest domain, which was .hk (Hong Kong). This domain dropped all the way down to 34th place and currently only has a risk rating of about one percent, which is a big change from last year.

    • Commercial (.com) was found to have the second-riskiest TLD, which is quite unfortunate, seeing as how it’s also the most popular in the United States. According to McAfee, this wildly popular TLD had a whopping risk rating of about 32 percent. The commercial domain was also found to be the most risky generic TLD.

    • Romania (.ro) was found to be the riskiest TLD for malicious downloads. According to McAfee, 21 percent of .ro domains featuring downloads contained risky files that came attached with viruses, spyware, and adware.

    • Information -- or .info -- was found to produce the most spam. Of all the .info sites that McAfee tested that also featured sign-up forms, about 17 percent resulted in a steady stream of unwanted spam e-mail.

    Now here, in order, are the top ten most risky domains found on the web:

    1. Cameroon (.com)

    2. Commercial (.com)

    3. People’s Republic of China (.cn)

    4. Samoa (.ws)

    5. Information (.info)

    6. Philippines (.ph)

    7. Network (.net)

    8. Former Soviet Union (.su)

    9. Russia (.ru)

    10. Singapore (.sg)

    Knowing the safest domains can prove to be just as important as knowing the riskiest. So here in order are the top ten safest domains found on the web:

    1. Governmental (.gov)

    2. Japan (.jp)

    3. Educational (.edu)

    4. Ireland (.ie)

    5. Croatia (.hr)

    6. Catalan (.cat)

    7. Luxembourg (.lu)

    8. Vanuatu (.vu)

    9. South Africa (.za)

    10. Switzerland (.ch)

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