AV Test shows that Windows computers are the most vulnerable to malware attacks and are targeted more than any other operating system.
Malware is everywhere, but computers that run Windows—the world’s most popular operating system—are especially prone to attacks. According to AV Test’s 2019/2020 Security Report, 114 million new pieces of malicious programs were developed in 2019, and 78.64 percent of all attacks were distributed on Windows systems.
Those numbers are expected to rise in 2020, with 160 million new programs by the end of the year. One reason for this increase is the COVID-19 pandemic; many hackers are taking advantage of the uncertainty to spread malware and increase phishing attacks. As a result, the percentage of malware targeting Windows computers has risen to 83.45 percent in the first quarter of 2020.
Windows such a common target not only because it’s the most common operating system in the world with the most targets available: It’s also prone to security issues. According to the CVE database, which tracks known system vulnerabilities, Microsoft had more than 660 dangerous security gaps, and 357 of them were attributed to Windows 10.
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