If your system is being exploited by holes, here’s the most likely reason:
Out-of-date plug-ins are the biggest security vulnerability, according to a new study conducted by security management company Qualys.
In a new analysis of the company’s BrowserCheck Tool, researchers found that video and general use plug-ins were the most common vulnerability in most of the 420,000 random scans.
Java, the most vulnerable plug-in, was installed on 80% of browsers and half of those were running out-of-date versions of the software.
The breakdown of other offenders include:
- Adobe Reader, vulnerable on just over 30% of browsers
- Shockwave and Quick Time, vulnerable on 20-25% of browsers, and
- Flash video, vulnerable on 20% of browsers.
Best bet: Remind users that those “ready to install” updates aren’t just annoying pop-ups. The patches are designed to make sure software isn’t exploiting your system.
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