Portugal is the only state in the European Union to be included in the list of the 10 least safe countries for surfing the Internet, shows a report prepared by the security software company AVG. In every 43 Internet connections, one is at risk of computer attack.
Turkey ranks first in this top ten (in) security, followed by Russia and Armenia. The risk of being attacked in these countries varies between 1 in 10 users in Turkey and 1 in 24 in Armenia.
The United States is also part of the countries with the most risks, being the 9th most insecure to surf the Internet. In every 48 calls, an American Internet user is at risk of being attacked.
At the opposite extreme, among the safest countries, AVG distinguishes Japan, although it does not lead the list of the lowest number of attacks by access, which is headed by Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Although these African countries have a possible attack rate of 1/696 and 1/442, it is the high penetration of Internet usage in Japan that makes the rate of one attack in every 403 calls so relevant.
The report, released at the end of August, is based on data collection carried out in July, drawing on information from more than 100 million computers in 144 countries with AVG software installed.
In global terms, the risk of suffering a computer attack on the Internet connection is one in 73 connections, with North America being the safest region, followed by Europe.