How Long Can a PC Go Unprotected, and Yet Uninfected?
But security expert Ben Edelman calls the SANS 2004 data "too pessimistic." He says, "These days, infections tend to originate via Web exploits, rather than port-scanning worms. Plus, many glaring security gaps have been closed."
But how long can an unprotected user wander around online before visiting the wrong Web page? According to a McAfee SiteAdvisor study, "The average search engine user performs 43.1 searches per month and clicks on 2.3 results per search--yielding one dangerous site every 8 days, on average