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They could very well be giving up for Lent, Gerding continued. What weve found is that a large percentage of the malware that ends up on our customers computers is because they were visiting adult websites.
Pittsburghs infections have dropped percent
And then as soon as Easter is over, it goes right back up again.
So whats going on? Are people too exhausted from not eating chocolate to install Pirate Bay? Too full of pancakes to download any illegal copies ofShrekorShrek ? That might be part of the answer, but its most likely also because people are giving up Internet for forty days.
In those cities with a higher than average Catholic population, we actually see a bit of a decrease in [computer] infections, and we think thats because they are giving up, at least temporarily, some of the activities that could lead them to getting infections.
Milwaukees infections have dropped percent
Los Angeles infections have dropped percent
Philadelphias infections have dropped percent
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Well, theres an Easter tradition you dont hear much about. If you struggle keeping track, it goes Palm Sunday, Easter Monday, Touch It Tuesday followed by the usual What The F*ck Is Wrong With My Laptop What Are All These PopUps Wednesday.
The dropoff in people seeking help for malware issues usually lasts the whole way through Lent. saw a dropoff of percent in people seeking help for malware infections, as people stick to their Lent promises, however, crotchrelated they may be.
You wouldnt, however, expect them to be affected too much by religious holidays. We cant think why infections would peak during Holi or trough during Christingle. However, during Lent every year there are big fluctuations from normal infection rates.
In the US, during Lent so r this year, malware virus infections have dropped off by percent,according tothe Enigma Software Group ESG. If you break it down by city, you see even bigger dropoffs, with Pittsburg topping the list with a whopping percent dropoff during the Lenten season.
Its very common for people who participate in Lenten activities to curtail usage of things like social media and technology in general in the weeks leading up to Easter, explained ESG spokesperson Ryan Gerding in astatement.
Sometimes, computer viruses are affected by things you wouldnt generally think of. Some are more obvious than others. For example, their spread is indirectly affected by the weather due to people staying indoors and using their computers more during the cold weather. During blizzards in the US in ,infections spikedas scammers targeted the increase in people online.