Monday, June 4, 2007

Study: Music, tech search terms riskiest (AP)

Study: Music, tech search terms riskiest (AP): Search terms related to music and technology are most likely to return sites with spyware and other malicious code, a new study finds. The most interesting passage of the story comes near the end:

Nonetheless, McAfee found it slightly safer to use search engines overall. Although about 4 percent of search results lead to sites deemed risky, that's down from 5 percent a year ago. [...] Risks are greater when clicking on keyword ads that make up much of search companies' revenues: According to McAfee, 7 percent of such links produce risky sites, down from 8.5 percent a year ago.

I bet there was a lot of tweaking in achieving these improvements, showing again that search is not some Leibnizian calculus ratiocinator.

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