Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report (SIR) volume 14, takes a close look at the importance of running up-to-date antivirus software on your computer showed that, on average, computers without antivirus software are 5.5 times more likely to be infected.
"SIRv14 explains some of the most prevalent threats facing consumers online:
- Think before you click. Microsoft detected and removed malicious email attachments from almost 3 million computers in the fourth quarter of 2012. People encounter this type of threat when opening documents, such as a PDF or Word document, that have been maliciously crafted and sent to them in email. Antivirus can help prevent infection from this type of attack.
- Bargain hunters beware. Keygen, a threat family commonly bundled with malware, was detected almost 7 million times in the fourth quarter of 2012. People seeking free or discounted software, movies or games online increase the risk of encountering this type of threat. Antivirus can help protect against it
- Despite the benefits of Antivirus, many people do not realize they are unprotected. There are a number of reasons 2.5 out of 10 computers are unprotected:
- Trial period has expired or the software is out of date.
- Antivirus was disabled by malware.
- People may not realize the importance of Antivirus so they do not install it," Microsoft explains.
To learn more about results from the new study, visit here.
In other Microsoft news, Federal Agencies adopt Microsoft Dynamics CRM to achieve cost savings, help preserve safety and security and streamline service delivery to improve constituent experiences.
Tomorrow, "at the Microsoft Federal Forum event in Washington, D.C., customers like the Department of Veterans Affairs will showcase the way they have used Dynamics to transform their Veterans Relationship Management programs, driving immediate benefit to the time and way in which veterans receive healthcare, claims and business information," the company said.