Criminals like to attack the biggest target because BIGGER generally provides a better Return On Investment (ROI). Windows is a good example. Mac is indeed safer than Windows but it isn't necessarily because Mac is more secure. Windows has a larger market share and that equals more potential victims.
How about search engines? What is the biggest search engine on the block? Google — and the bad guys know it. The result?
It's becoming less and less safe to search via Google.
Yesterday, I was testing Internet Explorer 8 and made a typo in the address bar. Instead of update.microsoft.com I used updates.
There is no such domain, so Microsoft Bing kicked in and I ended up with the following search results:
What? No results?!?
So I searched for updates.microsoft.com with Google.
Did I mean update? Yeah, I guess so… Thanks.
Bing's results seemed sort of odd so I examined the settings and it turned out to be some idiosyncrasy of Finnish based results.
Changing the settings to the United States produced the following:
I continued testing Bing. Here's a Bing search for microsoft updates:
Here's a Google search for the same:
But how about something timely? Using Google trends, I found a hot search topic.
Minnesota's appliance rebate program has 5m dollars to give its citizens for buying energy efficient appliances, e.g. refrigerators.