Risky Domains

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It’s your business what you search for on the net, but it’s our business to try and keep you from clicking on the bad stuff. That being said, there a few red flag sites we want to keep you aware of.

According to researchers who track online risk, web site names ending in new top-level domains (TLDs) like .men, .work and .click are some of the most perilous and spammy-est on the web. This doesn’t discount the other big offenders– nasty .com, .net and .biz domains, but comparably (i.e. overall number of domains) these newer TLDs are far more treacherous to visit than most online destinations.

According to “The 10 Most Abused Top Level Domains” list, run by Spamhaus.org,  the #1 spot on the list (the worst) is .men: Spamhaus says of the 65,570 domains it has seen registered in the .men TLD, more than half (55 percent) were “bad.”

According to Spamhaus, a TLD may be “bad” because it is tied to spam or malware dissemination (or both). More specifically, the “badness” of a given TLD may be assigned in two ways:

“The ratio of bad to good domains may be higher than average, indicating that the registry could do a better job of enforcing policies and shunning abusers. Or, some TLDs with a high fraction of bad domains may be quite small, and their total number of bad domains could be relatively limited with respect to other, bigger TLDs. Their total “badness” to the Internet is limited by their small total size.”

Security firm Symantec in March 2018 published its own Top 20 list of Shady TLDs:

If all of these shady sites look overwhelming to you and you just want to make sure these specific TLD sites are blocked so your employees don’t compromise your system, there are a number of tools available to do that. Let EnhancedTECH  help you implement a secure network solution so you can focus on your business and we can deal with all the “bad.men.” Contact us at 714-970-9330 or at [email protected]

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
Samantha Keller
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