Microsoft reported 587 vulnerabilities in its software in 2017

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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Passionate about all elements related to Windows and combined with his innate curiosity, Ivan has delved deep into understanding this operating system, with a specialization in drivers and... read more
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Microsoft’s software products products can easily become attackers’ favorite. If they haven’t become so already. According to the latest reports, there are currently 685 known vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. A huge increase compared to previous years.

Avecto recently did its fifth annual Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report, and the results are all but encouraging. For example, there were 325 known vulnerabilities in Microsoft software in 2013. Which means this year saw a terrifying 111% raise of vulnerabilities compared to 2013.

In plain numbers, Microsoft reported 587 vulnerabilities across Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows RT, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. When it comes to concrete products, Microsoft’s browsers, led by Microsoft Edge, took the biggest hit with with the 46% increase in reported vulnerabilities compared to 2013. This is not surprising at all, since Edge and Windows 10 are fairly new products, and it’s known that browsers are hackers’ favorite target.

When we put all these numbers together, 2017 was the year with the biggest number of flaws reported to date. And if the trend continues, with all the new technologies that Microsoft plans to implement, each of the following years threatens to break the record over and over again.

How to decrease the risk of cyber attacks

Looking at all these reports surely looks scary. And in fact, we’re less secure online now than ever before. But that doesn’t mean you’ll get hijacked and stripped off your personal data as soon as you log in to your brower. It’s very possible to use the internet competely safely, despite all these vulnerabilities within your system.

The biggest security measure is to be careful while using the internet. There’s no software that beats common sense. Don’t visit malicious websites, don’t click those sketcy links, or open scammy emails. You’ll be pretty safe. In fact, there are millions of users who have been surfing the internet without any security software for years, and so far so good.

But if you don’t want to be on gurd all the time or simply want to add an additional layer of security, you should get an antivirus. And since you’re investing in a premium security option, you should get the best one (or one of the best). It’s definitely worth it.

We can recommend you BitDefender, which is indeed one of the best antivirus slutions you can get right now. You should at least give the free version a try, but the premium one is also worth your money.

And if you want to put a cherry on top, and add a final security layer, you can also invest in a quality VPN service. Be careful with these, as the internet is full of fake VPN services that actually collect your data. Make sure you use the best VPN out ther. Our pick here is CyberGhost.

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