Monday, June 11, 2007

Recent Study Identifies Riskiest Search Terms

A study by the computer security company McAfee Inc. identified search terms related to music and technology as having the greatest likelihood of returning sites with spyware and other malicious code. Some 42 percent of the results using the term "screensavers," for example, led to sites flagged with a "red" warning or a cautionary "yellow" by McAfee Inc.'s SiteAdvisor service. Other keywords McAfee deemed risky include names of file-sharing software — "BearShare," "LimeWire" and "Kazaa." View the entire report at McAfee’s “SiteAdvisor” is an excellent free tool to help identify problematic web sites. It can be downloaded at

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