Top Countries Where Internet Is a Risky Business
By on September 2nd, 2010

Internet came as boon for making communicating with people easier. Communication took a new dimension with emails and instant messaging. However, Internet also has its own perils with Viruses, Spyware and Malware being a regular threat for PCs.

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Some of these threats are pretty serious considering that they can snoop in on your personal information including your financial accounts. According to a recent study by AVG, which looked at data from 100+ millions PCs in 144 countries, it found that several countries had a high chance of being affected by Internet threats.

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According to the reports, Turkey is the most riskiest country to surf the web with 1 in 10 Internet users being affected. After Turkey, web users in Russia (1 in 15), Armenia (1 in 24) and Azerbaijan (1 in 39) suffered high rates of attacks. Surprisingly United States is part of the top 10 riskiest countries with a 1 in 48 chance of getting hit by Viruses.

Sierra Leone was one of the safest countries for using Internet with 1 in 696 chances of getting affected, followed by Niger with 1 in 442 and Japan with 1 in 403. The Global average of getting attacked was 1 in 73, with North America being more susceptible with a 1 in 51 chance and Europe being much better with 1 in 72 chances.

Surprisingly Asia (including Asia Pacific) had a rate of 1 in 102 with India having a rate of 1 in 56.9 computers being affected. Pakistan and Bangladesh had a chance of 1 in 47.6 and 1 in 41.2 respectively.

According to AVG spokesperson, Roger Thomson:

First of all, it is safe to say that in every country we surveyed, a minority of users account for a large proportion of attacks. However, there are a number of reasons why our statistics might show Web surfers in the region as disproportionately risky.

Some of it may be down to a tendency to access semi-legal or illegal download sites, while some of it probably is down to being less cautious when it comes to sharing links and files online.

Another factor is the popularity of Internet cafes and people generally sharing computers.  This in particular should serve as a wake-up call to people using a public machine or borrowing a friend or colleague’s to go online.   When accessing web-based services like email, be sure to log out and close the browser when you have finished your session.

Finally the key point is that all these web attacks were successfully caught and stopped by ourselves. Even the global average of facing a 1 in 73 attack on any given day does not present great odds if averaged out across a year. Hence the importance of making sure that your computer really does have the right anti-virus software installed.

Study Statistics

Risky Surfing – the top 10 list (the chances of getting attacked, 1 in X)

  1. Turkey   1 in 10
  2. Russia   1 in 15
  3. Armenia  1 in 24
  4. Azerbaijan   1 in 39
  5. Bangladesh   1 in 41
  6. Laos   1 in 42
  7. Vietnam   1 in 42
  8. Portugal 1 in 43
  9. USA  1 in 48
  10. Ukraine  1 in 48
  11. Pakistan 1 in 48

Safe surfing, the top ten list

  1. Sierra Leone   1 in 696
  2. Niger   1 in 442
  3. Japan  1 in 403
  4. Togo 1 in 359
  5. Namibia 1 in 353
  6. Belize 1 in 302
  7. Madagascar 1 in 283
  8. Mozambique 1 in 264
  9. Zambia 1 in 262
  10. Slovakia 1 in 254

What are the average chances of getting attacked, by continent

  • Globally – 1 in 73
  • North America – 1 in 51
  • Europe – 1 in 72
  • Asia (including Asia Pacific) – 1 in 102
  • Africa – 1 in 108
  • S America – 1 in 164

Indian sub-continent

  • Bangladesh – 1 in 41.2
  • Pakistan – 1 in 47.6
  • India – 1 in 56.9
  • Nepal – 1 in 57.5
  • Afghanistan – 1 in 105.2

You can view a downloadable image of the threats map by visiting this link and view the entire report on the threat index at the AVG blog.

Image Credit: Technollama

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