I was talking to a friend earlier, about picking programs and what parameters he uses. He is one of the people that I've cut off helping directly (meaning signing on to his computer, remotely, to help). However he asked me what are the things I do to protect myself and my wife. I explained one of the things I do. In that light, I'll pose a question to the folks here...
Does the country of origin matter to you? Why?
Yes it matters.
Some countries are well known for "harboring" malware/virus writers, and I refuse to take a chance. Also, some of these site owners will intentionally have a site hosted in another country, to hide their real location.
Most people will only look at where the site is hosted, and immediately presume that the site is owned by a person from that country, when in fact it may be from someone on the other side of the globe, in a country known for having a large number of malware/virus writers.
By having their site in another country, the hosting country gets the blame, because the Internet user, and even researchers don't go past the country the site is hosted in. The user and researchers just presume the owner is in the country the hosting company is. This is unfair to the host country.
For me, I dig down to find who owns the domain, at least "on paper". If the owner is from a list of countries I won't use software from, then I don't use it, no matter if it looks like the best thing since sliced bread. If I can't determine the country of origin, which is common for sites registered through several registrars, then I presume they're on the list, and again won't use the program.
Remember, my system has been clean since 1995.
Have a good day.
Edited by scotty_ncc1701, 20 June 2014 - 03:08 PM.