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!

  • islandbrewer

    Porn site visitors are more likely to use protection, religious site visitors likely rely on faith.

    • JTEberhard

      And the award for comment of the year goes to…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003194979553 Leiningen’s Ants

      Hear that? It’s the sound of every other commenter shrugging and deleting their own joke-post. Here is a shiny upvote. Por vou!

  • Artor

    I suspect religious sites get a higher percentage of tech-illiterate users as well; granny who only uses it to send chain e-mails to her family, and get the church newsletters with their links to WND news and such.

    • Gehennah

      This was my thought to. That, and they are probably more trusting, especially if something is from a church site. Because they think nobody is going to scam them out of their money at a church.

      On the other hand, I’d assume if most people are surfing for porn, they will at the minimum have their popup blockers active, and a few other at least basic security items in place. And of course, they are probably less likely to trust anything sent from them.

  • Timothy Riches

    This information can be exploited somehow, I just know it!

  • EvolutionKills

    Ditch church and watch porn? You just described my Sunday morning ritual…

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