AVG Say Turkey and Russia Most Dangerous Places to Surf the Web
Article by George Norman
On 31 Aug 2010
According to a study performed by AVG Technologies, company that specializes in providing antivirus and internet security protection to home and business users, the most dangerous places to surf the web are Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. AVG Technologies’ first ever Global Threat Index has revealed that by surfing the web in the Caucasus region your chances of being hit by a malicious computer attack or virus are very high.

“The AVG Global Threat Index is developed by AVG Threat Labs and measures data from AVG’s vast user network, spanning 100 million PCs in 144 countries. The data enables the AVG Threat Lab to look at the incidence of security threats that its software had to deal with during last week of July, 2010. From these figures, AVG Threat Labs was able to determine an average for attacks per user per country,” explained AVG in a press release.


Here are the figures AVG came up with, figures that show your average changes of getting attacked in various countries around the world:
  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, Pakistan – 1 in 48

AVG’s Global Threat Index also identified the country where you can surf the web in relative safety. That place is, wait for it, Japan. Your chances of getting attacked in Japan are 1 in 404.

From a continental point of view, the safest continent to surf the web is South America. North America comes in at the other end of the scale as the riskiest continent to surf the web. AVG provided these figures that show your average changes of getting attacked on various continents around the world:
  • North America – 1 in 51
  • Europe – 1 in 72
  • Asia (including Asia Pacific) - 1 in 102
  • Africa – 1 in 108
  • South America – 1 in 164.

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