Why Windows is #1 target for malware: 2 easy ways to stay safe


Wanna know just how bad the problem of malware is? According to a study by Atlas VPN, there were a staggering 62.29 million malware threats across the first three quarters of 2022, averaging roughly 228,164 malware threats a day.

However, there is some good news; malware threats were down by nearly 34% from last year. Malware threats steadily decreased quarter by quarter as the year progressed, with cases lowering by 4% between the first and second quarters and a further 14% from the second to third.

It was still no comfort to Windows users, as Windows earned the unwanted distinction of being the most malware-prone operating system in 2022.

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Read on to keep yourself safe from malware on Windows.

Read on to keep yourself safe from malware on Windows.
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The most targeted award goes to Windows

According to Atlas VPN, 59.8 million malware samples were detected on Windows operating systems in the first three quarters of 2022. This makes up for roughly 95.6% of all malware cases detected during the same time frame.

Distantly following Windows for malware detections during the same period were:

  • Linux – 1.76 malware samples detected
  • Android – 938,379 malware samples detected
  • macOS – 8,329 malware samples detected.

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Windows users could be vulnerable to certain malware.

Windows users could be vulnerable to certain malware.
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Why is Windows so vulnerable to Malware

The simplest answer to this question is that Windows is by far the most common operating system on devices worldwide; therefore, Windows is the operating system most targeted by bad guys, simply from an efficiency standpoint. Also, since so many devices around the world are running Windows, when malware spreads, the number of systems infected can quickly become enormous.

Additionally, Windows users are far more likely to inadvertently download malware to their devices when installing applications sourced from the internet. This is because, compared to an operating system like Mac with a dedicated and safe library for application downloads, Windows users must, for the most part, download applications via a standard…

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