One in Fourteen Downloads Contain Malicious Software

Viruses and Malware– nobody likes getting them, but in our internet-driven society, they come with the territory. Five years ago, software for internet browsers was pretty basic. Simplicity was not so much the key, but the issue that users had to deal with. Simplicity in browsers made it incredibly easy for hackers to plant their code inside a user’s machine. Thankfully our technology has advanced since then and criminals no longer have easy access via the actual browser to infect your computer.

Despite the success, a study done in May by Microsoft that found that on average one in 14 downloads is accompanied with malicious software. With this risk, why bother using this network? The answer is that over 50 percent of the time the network or the web browser is not to blame. The blame is instead placed on the user. 56 percent of all malicious software downloads occur because of the user.

How can we have the best of both worlds? The answer is not unplugging the machine. Instead, smart browsing and downloading will help keep computers safe and sound. Websites like Facebook, Youtube and other third party websites that promise breaking footage about hot news like the Royal Wedding or the death of Osama bin Laden are breeding grounds for malicious programs like Trojan horses.

Avoiding cybercriminals and hackers can be hard. If you remember to watch what you download, stay away from suspicious websites, links, and never open emails or messages in which you don’t recognize the sender, then the road to a better web browsing experience is at your finger tips.

Information and statistics for this article was taken from a Microsoft article:
Microsoft: One in 14 Downloads is Malicious by Robert McMillan May 17, 2011

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