Criminals who write malware generally rely on users not realising their intentions, and often go to elaborate lengths to make fake sites and software look legitimate. But there’s a secondary group of users afflicted by malware: those who get told a site or application is dangerous but can’t resist looking to find out just why it’s dodgy.
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Peter Baxter, VP for strategic technologies at AVG (one of our favourite security tools), highlighted the issue during a media tour of Australia last week. Apparently, one of the more common reasons for calls to its help centre are people who have been warned that a given site is dangerous but who decide to click on to find out just what is dodgy about it:
People click on risky stuff because they’re curious. What’s even worse is when they say “do I need to be worried about the fact I put my credit card into a site you guys had flagged?” Obviously, the answer is yes.
While you won’t necessarily get infected if you’re following good security practices, this definitely seems like a case where curiosity isn’t worth it.
To avoid getting caught by dubious sites, check out our guide to protecting yourself against drive-by malware.