Avast Global PC Risk Report 2019 reveals the digital dangers to home and business computers. Report shows 1 in 5 home PC users having Windows 7, 8 10 are at risk from cyber threat. These computers have 20% chance of encountering PC threat.
The Avast Global PC Risk Report 2019 data, which analyzed data from the Avast threat detection database, also found that Windows 10 home users are the most likely to encounter an ‘advanced attack,’ which is defined as a new, not yet seen before threat designed to bypass common protection technologies in security software such as URL filtering, mail scanning, signatures, heuristics and emulators.
Based on the Avast global PC report data which was analyzed, the safest Windows version seems to be Windows Vista, likely due to global Windows Vista usage* being down to about 2% making it an unattractive target for cybercriminals. Windows Vista home users have a threat risk ratio below 10% for all threats and a 1.6% risk ratio for advanced threats. The same is true for business users, where Windows Vista users have a 7% chance of encountering any kind of threat and a 1% chance of encountering advanced threats.
“Cybercriminals create threats that take advantage of the activities carried out by home users and rely on consumers being less aware of digital security,” said Luis Corrons, Security Evangelist at Avast. “Conversely, businesses usually have restrictive browsing policies in place and entire IT teams dedicated to keeping networks secure. At home, without realizing it, we can engage in far more risky online activities without enjoying the same level of protection.”
Infection pending for 14% of U.S. home computers and 8.1% of business computers
According the Avast PC report report, 14% of U.S. home computers are at risk of any type of infection, with 3.7% at risk of falling victim to an advanced attack. This is in comparison to 8.1% of the U.S. business computers, with 2.7% at risk of infection from an advanced attack.
The top ten countries with homes most at risk of encountering any type of threat are:
- Afghanistan (38.73%)
- Iran (37.49%)
- China (37.27%)
- Ethiopia (35.7%)
- Palestine (34.66%)
- Egypt (34.41%)
- Vietnam (33.37%)
- Madagascar (32.73%)
- Laos (32.44%)
- Myanmar (32.17%)
The ten countries in which businesses are most at risk of countering any type of threat are:
- Pakistan (36.15%)
- Vietnam (35.56%)
- China (31.59%)
- Indonesia (29.53%)
- South Korea (28.15%),
- Philippines (25.90%)
- Qatar (24.93%)
- Venezuela (24.43%)
- Malaysia (22.99%)
- Peru (22.86%)
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