McAfee has released their latest findings on what TLDs (top level domains) are the best and worst for spreading malware. What the good news or bad news?
The worst offenders are:
- .CM (Cameroon) with a weighted risk of 36.7%
- .COM (Commercial) with a weighted risk of 32.2%
- .CN (People’s Republic of China) with a weighted risk of 23.4%
- .WS (Samoa) with a weighted risk of 17.8%
- .INFO (Information) with a weighted risk of 15.8
The interesting one is .cm … pretty easy to typo YouTube.com as YouTube.cm (or .cn)…
Now the “safest” domains are:
- Governmental (.GOV)
- Japan (.JP)
- Educational (.EDU)
- Ireland (.IE)
- Croatia (.HR)
What can you do besides watch what you’re typing? Switch your Internet settings to useOpenDNS. OpenDNS is a free, safe, fast alternative to your default domain settings provided by your ISP. OpenDNS features typo protection and malware site blocking. Another safe (and recommended) option is to switch to using Google Chrome which helps prevent you from going to infected sites by default.