Search engine optimization for small and very small businesses.

The Safety of Internet Search Engines

In this context, safety meaning not sending you to web sites that can infect your computer, harvest your email for spammers, or do other unsavory things.

According to a study by McAfee Site Advisor, most leading search engines are similar in the safety of the sites they link to, though AOL replaces MSN as the safest engine and Yahoo! replaces Ask as the engine with the most risky results. Across search engines, they found sponsored results significantly less safe than search engines’ organic results. [Emphasis added}

Unsavory e-mail conduct is the dominant security risk although search engine users are also heavily exposed to risky downloads, browser exploits, and scams.

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