Survey Cites Who's Trustworthy on the Web

Most consumer Web sites haven’t taken adequate measures to cut down on online fraud, according to a survey released Tuesday by an Internet advocacy group that promotes anti-fraud tools and standards.

The survey conducted by the Online Trust Alliance said only eight percent of major Web sites surveyed made it onto the organization’s “honor roll” of sites taking stringent measures to reduce online fraud enabled by forged emails, phishing sites and malware. The survey, conducted between late March and early April, looked at 1,200 Web sites and 500 million emails purporting to be from those sites, all of which were either Fortune 500 companies, top Internet retailers and federal government Web sites.

To make it onto the honor roll, the Web sites had to be free of malware–malicious code that can be used to steal personal data from Web surfers–or links to sites containing malware.

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