It’s funny how Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign seems to do more harm than good for them. First, their campaign to get users to complain about Google via twitter blew up in their face, and now there’s news regarding just what a Bing search will get you. The one thing you don’t want when doing a search is what Bing will bring you more of… and that’s malware.
In an 18-month study, German security company AV-Test tried out four different search engines. Out of those four (Google, Bing, Yandex, and Blekko), Google was the champion. With over 10 million sites tested, Google returned only 272 malicious results. The full results can be found HERE, but since we’re more worried about the Google vs. Bing comparison, we’ll concentrate there. With about the same number of websites tested, Bing returned 1,285 malicious hits. That’s right, you’re five times more likely to get malware via Bing than Google.
None of those numbers are really worthy of alarm, and really serve to illustrate just how great Google is at security. As a huge part of their business, and what got them to the position they reside in, Google is right to be so diligent about search. Microsoft really brings this attention upon themselves, with such a heavy-handed campaign aimed squarely at Google.
Now which results do you think the people in those commercials would prefer?