Religion Versus Porn

Religious Web SitesThe Internet is a dangerous place.  It is the Wild, Wild West and there ain’t no sheriff in town.  Many ponder on why people create malware, viruses and malicious code. To make money, to get a thrill? Perhaps it helps to know why if you are fighting these types of criminals, but for the general Internet user you just have to protect yourself.

For years, I have said that religious sites have the highest risk of malware. A recent study by Symantec has confirmed my suspicion and in fact, religious sites have more malware threats than porn sites because they get hacked much more often. This makes perfect sense if you think about it.  In most cases, religious sites are more likely to be administered by non-professionals with the intent of getting their message out to devotees.  Porn sites are run by professionals with the intent of making money and they don’t want anyone cutting in on their profit.  Today this may be less true, but churches are known to welcome all with open arms and unlocked doors.  They help communities by giving money and services to those in need.  Can’t say that about porn.

Another way that malware spreads is through fake sites that masquerade as legitimate. These will often pop-up a phony virus warning attempting to get you to purchase virus removal with your credit card. There is also the “make your blood boil” chain letter.  You see them all the time.  Someone sends you an email that our civil or religious rights are under siege and tells you to open an attachment, go to a web site, or forward to everyone you know.  These hoaxes hope to illicit an emotional response as we tend to react, rather than think, when we are emotional.

With so many threats, you have to be vigilant and think about your online security continuously. At a minimum, make sure you have a good spam filter, web filtering, malware protection and strong passwords.  When in doubt – don’t!  If you have concerns about a site or entering a password or opening an email attachment, don’t proceed until you are certain that it is not a threat.

Here’s the full Symantec 2011 Internet Security Threat Report.

About Mary

Mary is the CEO of LAN Systems. She is an electrical engineer who feels her greatest strength is the ability to connect with people. LAN Systems provides IT managed services and solutions to growing companies and non-profit organizations. You can contact Mary at mary@lansystems.com.

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