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Ever wondered which are the places in the world where you will more likely be attacked by malicious viruses while surfing the web? Well, AVG has done all the hard work and has collected the ten riskiest places to surf the web in the world. This comes after AVG looked at data from 100+ million PCs in 144 countries.

If you are in Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, you are most likely to be hit by a malicious computer attack or virus. While surfing the web in Sierra Leone, Niger, Japan or Togo is the safest. AVG’s research was conducted in the last week of July.

What are your chances of being hit by a malicious computer attack or virus? Worldwide it’s 1 in 73 according to AVG, which looked at data from 100+ million PCs in 144 countries to produce a list of the world’s ‘safest’ and ‘riskiest’ Internet surfers. However, with a 1 in 57 attack rate, Indian web surfers are riskier than the global average. Neighboring countries Bangladesh and Pakistan however fare worse. AVG’s software had to step in to protect 1 in 41 Bangladeshi surfers, giving Bangladesh the fifth spot in the global risk table. Pakistan comes in at no 11, with an attack average of 1 in 48.


Attack rates for India were better than those for the US (1 in 48) and comparable to the UK (1 in 61). Averages for other major Western countries include Australia at 1 in 75 and Germany at 1 in 83.

10 Riskiest Places to Surf the Web

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
10 – Pakistan 1 in 48

10 Safest Places to surf the web

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

Average Chances of getting attacked

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

The whole stats need to be taken with a pinch of salt as the time-frame of the whole analysis was very brief. AVG looked at the number of Internet attacks worldwide for the final week of July 2010, as well as the number of AVG installs per country. From this, AVG was able to work out on average the chances of web surfers being attacked. The research involved taking data from over 100 million AVG installations across 144 countries.


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