Beware of Naughty Malware; it’s on the Rise

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Malware is becoming more and more prominent on some of the web’s top x-rated websites. According to a report from the BBC on Wednesday, the find was made by researcher Conrad Longmore.

He based his findings off of diagnostics made available by both Google and Alexa.

For one x-rated site named XHamster, it was found that visitors had a 42% chance of running into malware. Meanwhile, those visiting PornHub had a 53% chance. But infections were much smaller. An infection rate of 5.08% was found for XHamster while Porn Hub’s was at a staggering 12.73%

The malware was reportedly observed in advertisements on the respective websites.

Longmore’s recommendation? “If you are going to look at the shady side of the web, then it is very important to make sure that your system is fully patched (you can use Secunia OSI to check), and a combination of Firefox + NoScript is very good at locking down your browser (note that this isn’t really for novices). Logging in as something other than an administrator can also help to reduce the impact of malware.. and of course a good and up-to-date anti-virus or security package is essential. In addition, Chrome is pretty good at picking up malicious sites.. the biggest problem tends to be Internet Explorer. Oh, if you have Java then you should probably uninstall that as it is one of the most popular vectors for infection,” he commented via his blog at Dynamoo.

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