Don’t want a computer virus? Visit porn sites, not church sites.

This has been getting thrown about the internet lately: Symantec has released a study confirming that religious sites are more likely to give you a virus than any other type of website (porn sites included):

Symantec just released its usual yearly overview of Internet security, and it found something that anybody who’s had to clean Grandma’s computer has probably suspected. Namely, that hackers are targeted religious sites at a much higher rate:

…religious and ideological sites were found to have triple the average number of threats per infected site than adult/pornographic sites. We hypothesize that this is because pornographic website owners already make money from the internet and, as a result, have a vested interest in keeping their sites malware-free – it’s not good for repeat business.

This doesn’t mean that churches are trying to give you viruses; it just means their web designers suck at security management.  And the result of the study makes sense.  Religious sites are generally high traffic, so they are prime targets for hackers exploiting security holes.

Of course, porn sites are also high traffic.  But porn sites are making buttloads (see what I did there?) of money through their sites and so they have a vested interest in keeping them clean.

Still, you’d think god, if he existed, could give an assist.  Or maybe god is purging the viruses from the porn sites, not the churches.  Yes, this is god telling Christians to ditch church and watch porn.  Intelligent design at its best!

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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