(PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 7, 2011) – Wedding bells are ringing as we enter the traditional season for getting hitched. Around 90 percent of soon-to-be brides plan their wedding while at work according to AOL. That inevitably means that the majority of planning is done on the web.
From cakes and flowers to bands and honeymoons, there is a website for every aspect and detail of a wedding. Brides, bridal party members and guests need to be aware as they browse the web for the perfect gift that they are vulnerable to malware.
“Malware infections come in a variety of methods: cybercriminals searching for inadequately protected sites and hijacking web searches in response to topical items – like weddings,” said Ondrej Vlcek, CTO at AVAST Software. “Wedding planning is stressful enough without the added threat of a computer virus. Just remember that you can meet malware about anywhere on the internet – so be prepared and pay attention to the warnings from your antivirus.
AVAST Software, developers of avast! Free Antivirus, has issued a timely “Most Wanted” list giving a snapshot of infected websites as of June 2 which could upset a wedding and spoil the honeymoon bliss: 1
1 The avast! CommunityIQ detected and confirmed infections at the listed websites as of June 2, 2011.
AVAST Software receives non-stop information about infected sites thanks to its global CommunityIQ network of sensors. This data, taken from the actual web browsing experiences of the network members, is then used to protect all AVAST users by blocking their access to infected sites. This flow of information responds quickly to seasonal threats, as well as those around real-time events.
1. On 8 April 2014, Microsoft stops support for Internet Explorer browsers running on Windows XP. This will put your computer and data, such as credit card and online banking details, at greater risk to hackers and malware.
2. Several browser alternatives exist, but we at AVAST use and recommend Chrome, as we find it to be the most-secure option available.