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Malware Risk in Europe Increased by Outdated Browser Plugins


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Cybercriminals always look for the weakest link they can leverage to make as many victims as possible, and it looks like web browsers with out-of-date plugins are the norm in Europe.

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Browser plugin update situation in Europe
According to the latest statistics from the Germany-based Cyscon GmbH, a company specializing in detecting an mitigating cyber threats, the users of most countries in Europe rely on poorly updated web browsers to explore the online world, which translates into plenty of possible victims for the crooks.
The company makes available an interactive map that shows, in percentage, the proportion of a country’s users that do not rely on a browser that integrate plugin components updated with the latest patches available.
According to Cyscon’s statistics at the time of the writing, the European country whose users are more aware of the security risks posed by out of date web browsing software, is Netherlands, where 51% of the computer users have at least one plugin component in the browser that needs to be updated.
Although this is an alarming value, the country whose users would be more prone to falling victim to a cybercriminal, is Croatia, where it appears that 97% of the users contributing to Cyscon’s statistics do not have installed all the updates for said components.
It is followed by Republic of Moldova, with 94%, Serbia with 86% and Germany with 80%. As shown by these statistics, there is no country with users sufficiently aware of risk posed by an old component with security glitches, to report outdate information lower than 50%.
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