SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) today announced the results of a McAfee® SiteAdvisorTM research report that creates a global road map of the riskiest, and the safest, places to surf and search on the World Wide Web. McAfee analyzed and ranked 265 top-level domains like Japan (.jp), France (.fr) and Commercial (.com) based on McAfee's Web safety tests for spyware, spam, exploits and scams. The report, "Mapping the Mal Web," revealed surprisingly large differences in safety from one domain to another. This global portrait estimates that each month, Internet users make more than 550 million clicks to risky Web sites and that even relatively safe domains like Germany (.de) or the United Kingdom (.uk) account for millions of risky clicks.
"With this report, McAfee has created a guide book to the Web's most dangerous top level domains," said Mark Maxwell, Senior Product Manager, McAfee Consumer and Small Business. "When it comes to safety, it turns out that the Web is no different than the physical world. There are safe neighborhoods and safe Web domains, and then there are places no one should ever visit."
McAfee SiteAdvisor, a free tool available at http://www.mcafee.com, adds intuitive red, yellow, or green ratings to sites and search results based on proprietary tests of millions of Web sites representing more than 95% of the trafficked Web. Red ratings are given to risky sites that fail one or more of McAfee's tests for adware, spyware, viruses, exploits, spammy e-mail, excessive pop-ups or strong affiliations with other red-rated sites. Green- rated sites passed each of these tests. Yellow ratings are given to sites which pass McAfee's safety tests but which still have nuisances, such as excessive pop-ups, warranting a user advisory. Businesses and consumers may use McAfee SiteAdvisor to complement their existing McAfee products or to enhance security products made by other manufacturers.
Low or no cost domain registration and minimal domain oversight appear to drive at least some of the higher levels of risk found at some top-level domains. For example, one reason the .biz domain may be preferred by spammers is because .biz domains are available for immediate use, rather than after a typical 24 hour waiting period - a critical advantage in beating anti-spam services and blacklists.
"For administrators of top-level domains, this study should serve as a wake-up call. Clearly, some countries are getting it right. And the more risky top level domains now have the role models they need to improve," added Maxwell. "For consumers, this study is a stark reminder that they need help navigating the Web safely. Tools like McAfee SiteAdvisor give consumers the information they need, when they need it, to make safer Web decisions."
The complete study and results, along with an interactive map is available at: http://www.siteadvisor.com/studies/map_malweb_mar2007.html.
McAfee SiteAdvisor's pioneering safe search software protects Internet users from adware, spam, viruses and other online dangers. Already downloaded tens of millions of times, SiteAdvisor has received numerous honors including: 5-star reviews from CNET's download.com, Time Magazine's "50 Coolest Web Sites," Popular Science's "Best of What's New" and the US Department of Commerce's "Recognition of Excellence in Innovation" honor. SiteAdvisor is available for free at http://www.mcafee.com.
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