The world’s most dangerous country codes

McAfee has released a report that rates the world’s top level domains in terms of overall risk to the Web user — from browser exploits, phishing Web sites, excessive pop-ups, and other nasty things.

The report finds that “19.2% of all Web sites ending in the .hk domain pose a security threat to Web users.” Last year, Tokelau ( .tk) was the most dangerous ccTLD, at 10.1 percent.

Here are the five most dangerous domains:

Hong Kong (.hk)
PR of China (.cn)
Philippines (.ph)
Romania (.ro)
Russia (.ru)

And here are the five safest domains:

Finland (.fi)
Japan (.jp)
Norway (.no)
Slovenia (.si)
Colombia (.co)

It’s interesting to note that Asia includes both the safest domains and the most dangerous domains.

And I wonder if this report will help spur governments and their registries to be more aggressive in policing their local Web sites.

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Poland joins the million domain club

Poland (.pl) announced last week that it joined the million domain club by registering its one-millionth ccTLD.

The reason for the sudden surge in registrations is Poland’s easing of the registration process by adding partner registries. There are now 95 registries for .pl including 37 of these based outside of Poland.

Here’s a chart of all countries with more than one million registrations. I also included the EU in there. I did not include Tuvalu (.tv).

Million domain ccTLD list

I expect China to surpass Germany in the next two weeks.

For the ultimate country code reference, see the Country Codes of the World poster.

Web globalization webinar follow-up

The Lionbridge webinar yesterday has been archived for those of you who couldn’t make it. You can register to listen to the call at the Lionbridge site.

And mark your calendars for June 3rd, when I will host a second webinar, also sponsored by Lionbridge, to discuss the many aspects of global navigation — from splash global gateways, to country codes, to geolocation. I’ll include lots of real-world examples.