Vuvuzelas and hearing problems are not the only issues that excited football fan can encounter at this year’s Football World Cup in South Africa. One month before the opening match between South Africa and Mexico the bad guys were already busy infecting popular related websites in anticipation of increased traffic. Compared to the same period last year, avast! identified a 200% increase in the number of infected web pages and successfully prevented 200 000 fans from visiting them and getting infected. The attached graph illustrates the dramatic increase in the number of infected websites. So, for the competition’s final stages, make sure you have not only good earplugs, but also good antivirus protection.
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.