Outdated Windows OS has higher risk of being infected by malware

Microsoft Windows OS

Microsoft Windows OS

 

Which version of Microsoft Windows OS are you using? Windows 2000? or Windows XP? We suggest you to update your Windows OS to a more recent version to lower the chance of being infected by malware.

A study generated by BitDefener, (one of Roboscan’s internet security engine) reveals that 9.28 percent of the scanned systems that run Windows 2000 are still infected by malware despite internet security software.

Windows XP still has a massive followers although it is claimed to be retired by April 8, 2014, while the study shows that XP has the highest infection rate of 12.87 percent after scanning.

Computers that run Windows 7 was detected to have a 11.74 percent infection rate after running security solution. However, only 4.59 percent of the devices who runs the latest Microsoft OS, Windows 8 were infected.

OS version vs. infection rate

OS version vs. infection rate

We can see a direct relationship between how old the OS you’re using and the chances of being infected by malware. Apparently, the older the version of your Windows OS you are using, the more likely you will be  the target.

Up till today, according to OPSWAT, “Windows 7 leads the pack in the operating system market (53.8% of all Windows versions), followed by Windows XP (36.2%) and Windows Vista (8.1%).” If you are that 36.2%, we suggest you to update your OS to protect your cyber security.

Windows OS user deployment

Windows OS user deployment

Last but not the least, if you’re a Roboscan user, in addition to upgrade your Windows OS, don’t forget to keep your Roboscan Internet Security up-to-date for the best protection to your PC!

 

 

 

Tips on Keeping Yourself Protected Online

First and foremost, you should be sure your PC is protected by an up-to-date antivirus. If you don’t have one, or are interested in trying a new software, visit our website and review our products. Roboscan Internet Security updates itself multiple times a day and does so silently – no annoying prompts, no extra work for you! You can even check out this nifty chart and see how Roboscan compares to popular antivirus software.

If you have an antivirus installed, you’ve taken the biggest precaution in keeping your PC protected from malware. Follow the tips below for extra protection.

  • Change your passwords periodically. Try to use letters, numbers and symbols. The more complex your password is, the less likely someone will gain access to your accounts. It’s generally a good idea not to use the same password for some accounts. For example, your online banking password should not be the same as your Facebook password.
  • Update your Wi-Fi password and network name. If your network at home isn’t protected, that’s absolutely essential. Contact your internet provider, or review your router’s manual for instructions on how to secure your network. Your Wi-Fi password should be updated periodically as well. A good general rule of thumb is to change your passwords with each change of season, or four times a year.
  • Lockdown your social media profiles. Consider going private on Twitter, reviewing your privacy settings on Facebook and deleting old social media profiles you no longer use. Awhile ago, I did a Google search on my full name and found a Friendster account from 10 years ago. Horrifying.
  • Don’t reveal too much of your personal information online. Have you ever had to reset a password and answer security questions to do so? Your date of birth, your mother’s maiden name, etc. can easily slip out online, and if your profiles are public, predators can piece together information about you pretty easily.
  • If you’re using shared computers or public networks on your devices, be very careful. Public wi-fi networks are especially dangerous, as we often won’t think twice about checking our account balances online, paying your electricity bill, or writing emails with sensitive content. If you’re shopping online, be sure the site is using a secure channel to process your billing information. Check the address bar. If the URL begins with “https,” you are good to go.

Above all, always be aware that most what you put on the Internet can be accessed by anyone, at any time. Be on defense and stay proactive.

What are your tips for staying safe online?