Surprise! The latest version of Internet Explorer is still the number one target for hackers, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Bromium. The report also reveals other trends in cybersecurity.
For the first half of 2014, the report found that Google Chrome has actually had no publicly known security flaws, making it safe from malware attacks.
Here are their top five observations that you might find useful.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer set a record high for reported vulnerabilities in the first half of 2014.
- Internet Explorer also leads in publicly reported exploits.
- Web browser release cycles are becoming more frequent - as are initial security patches.
- Adobe Flash is the primary browser plugin being targeted by zero day attacks this year.
- New "Action Script Spray" techniques targeting Flash have been uncovered in the wild exploiting zero day vulnerabilities.
The report was impressed by the quick update schedule that Internet Explorer used to patch its holes. It's still one of the most commonly-attacked browsers by far. Keeping your Flash player up to date is also very important, primarily because of the fact that it's on almost everyone's computer. Always update your Flash player if at all possible to avoid security flaws like this.