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Iraq: The Most Dangerous Nation for Surfing Web in Middle East

According to a recent study by Internet Security Company, AVG, it is found that the most unsafe place to browse internet in the Middle East is Iraq, with a 1 in 49.6 possibility that average Internet user will be assaulted.

As per the data collected from over 100 Million systems employing AVG's products in 144 nations in the end week of July 2010, the research found Internet security substantially lower in many Middle Eastern countries than the global average. Internet surfers in Oman were discovered to have a 1 in 54.9 possibility of being assaulted, followed by 1 in 55.4 in Iran.

However, Israel was the safest country in the Middle East in terms of Internet browsing with a 1 in 210.9 probability of being attacked. Syria came in next of Israel with a 1 in 181.4 possibility of an attack, and a 1 in 112.1 probability in Morocco.

Chief Research Officer at AVG, Roger Thompson, countered the belief that that there was a link between a country's economic advancement and the amount of assaults, as Israel, a developed economy ranked high in safety, while developing nation Iraq stood at the bottom, as reported by The Jerusalem Post on August 25, 2010.

Thompson further said that there was no real relationship between economic advancements and attacks, for instance the United States ranked at number nine in the list. What really matters are surfing practices, web behavior and evaluation of criminal activities in the nation.

Chief Research Officer at AVG, Roger Thompson, said that on the whole, results for the Middle East were similar to the results of the European nations, with nations like the United Arab Emirate and Kuwait being near to the global danger average of 1 in 73 users witnessing an attack, as reported by The Media Line.

As far as other Arab countries are concerned, the numbers are: Qatar 1 in 56.3, Yemen 1 in 64.9, Jordan 1 in 98.0 and Saudi Arabia 1 in 110.5.

Another remarkable finding of the report includes Africa as the most secure continent, with seven of the 10 safest nations in the world belongs to the African continent, with Sierra Leone and Niger acquiring top two slots. Certainly, the reason behind the African ranking is small broadband penetration and internet use in these African countries, AVG said.

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