Is Microsoft to Blame for Your Computer Virus? Unlikely, Say Researchers

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Kaspersky AntivirusWe see the headlines all the time – Microsoft releases patch for this, Apple lets OS X get hacked, IE, Windows, the list goes on and on. And yet, it seems as if most problems that users love to blame Microsoft for are actually not the software giant’s fault. 

Security company Kaspersky is currently blitzing the Internet with ads for some sort of new security service – but that’s not what caught our eye; after all, security companies come out with new products all the time. Instead, it’s the claim that the company makes inside of the ad. Instead of putting blame on operating system providers for leaving insecurities and instabilities inside of their software, they put fault squarely at the feet of everyone else.

According to Kaspersky, 75% of all vulnerabilities taken advantage of arise from using some sort of third party application. It makes sense, too – when we hear about these hacking competitions to find new vulnerabilties in Windows, OS X, Linux, etc., how often does the winner use something like Flash? How many times do we hear the Internet going crazy thanks to some hole in Java? Of course, the result isn’t just to stick our heads in the sand, and nor is it necessarily to go and spend several hundred dollars on a security suite.

Most of all, if you use third party software on your PC (and who doesn’t?), be it games or apps or MS Office clones, make sure it’s up to date. Most security problems arise from using out of date software.

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