For consumers and businesses alike, data protection breaches can cause significant headaches or, in bad cases, serious damage and financial loss.
According to a recent ZDNet report, users of Microsoft's highly popular Windows operating system may do well to ensure they implement measures that increase internet safety and reduce vulnerabilities.
The report noted that, based on Microsoft's own analytics, approximately one in every 14 programs downloaded is later confirmed as malware. The analysis, the report noted, was conducted on data from users of Internet Explorer 9.
ZDNet writer Steven Vaughan-Nichols claimed that the data points to an already well-known fact – Windows is more susceptible to data vulnerabilities and malware than other operating systems. Apple's Mac OS and the open source Linux operating system are both relatively free from malware attacks, Vaughan-Nichols stated.
Nevertheless, Windows comes with its benefits. The operating system is used by more people worldwide than any other and, as a result, it offers the widest range of applications and tools. Furthermore, many end-users only know how to use one operating system and thus choose to learn the most popular one.
According to the report, Microsoft is now implementing measures in the latest version of the Internet Explorer browser that help curtail vulnerabilities and reduce the number of malware incidents. As of yet, this option is only available to Windows 7 users. Vaughan-Nichols claimed that the company ought to make the same data protection available to users of Windows XP as well.
While it remains true that Windows is more vulnerable to malware attacks than other operating systems, another recent ZDNet report noted that malware issues facing Apple computers are "getting worse."