Security 2014: The holes are in the apps, not the operating systems

When all is said and done, however, the real security problems in the 20-teens, according to security firmsFireEye and Secunia, are not in our operating systems but in the applications we run on them.

Secunia reports that in 2013 76 percent of security holes in the 50 most popular programs on private PCs in 2013 affected third-party programs. That said, Windows, Secunia reported, continued to be the most targeted operating system. Windows 7, the most popular version of Windows, was also the most popular with hackers. Looking ahead, Microsoft predicts that XP users, which will soon no longer be supported, risk facing “zero day forever” attacks.


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