Windows products are the #1 target for those pushing malware and ransomware. Probably not much of a surprise since Windows runs on about 88% of laptops and desktops in use.
According to a report by the security experts at Recorded Future, eight out of the ten most dangerous vulnerabilities last year affected Windows.
The most popular methods of attack were phishing scams, which rely on convincing people to click on links or execute attachments sent to them in the guise of legitimate emails or messages.
Another way to get at your information are exploit kits. These are pre-made automated cyber-crime tools that can divert web traffic wherever the hacker chooses and be used to steal information. The crook doesn’t even have to have any tech skills to make them. They’re for sale on what’s known as the “dark web.”
Adobe Flash Player was also a popular target. That’s why it’s being phased out and won’t work automatically on most browsers.
The good news is that patches for most of these vulnerabilities exist. People just need to make sure they keep everything up-to-date.
Experts advise making sure you have good third-party security in place including ad-blockers. Also, avoid using sites that require Flash Player, and make sure everyone in your home or business knows about phishing scam and the dangers of clicking on pop-ups and sharing your username and password.
The majority of problems occur because people click without thinking. And just because you’re not using Windows, don’t get the idea that you’re safe. Hackers target all operating system.