Symantec has published a list of the dirtiest 100 websites. The websites are said to contain around 18,000 threats apiece on an average. However, the average number of threats shoots up to 20,000 for the top 40 websites on the list, which has been compiled by Symantec’s Norton Safe Web service. Aladel.net, a US-based websites, alone houses 56,371 threats.
Although almost half of the websites are expectedly based around mature content, the remaining sites deal with a wide variety of subjects. Viruses dominate the list of threats found on these sites. Security risks and browser exploits are the other common threats found on them. The owners of the websites that figure on the list must be feeling a sense of elation and achievement. As for the rest of us, we now know which sites not to visit.
Symantec website rating tool called Norton Safe Web is now undergoing beta trial and will complement its upcoming Norton Internet Security 2009 and Norton Antivirus 2009 security tools, also in beta. Norton Safe Web will blow the whistle on malicious websites just like other website rating tools that are currently available. The Safe Web beta can be downloaded once you have already signed-up for the Norton Internet Security 2009 beta. If you don't intend to download the tool then you can check any website’s rating on the web-based version of Safe Web, which is essentially a community website that also allows users to rate websites based on the perceived security threat.