AV-Test has found a shocking new security hole in your computer, comparing it to something that you'd find on Star Trek.
"When a space ship is attacked," writer Markus Selinger says, "Its deflector shields are not merely hit by accident, rather there is always an initial targeted attack on the deflector shield generator."
His strange metaphor actually sheds light on the fact that many commercial anti-virus programs don't lock up their "deflector shield generators" properly.
The website discovered that, in fact, many of these programs aren't secured according to basic industry standards. Remind you of anything? That's right, the most dangerous security vulnerabilities happen when programmers leave your computer's back door open.
What's the standard? Well, a few years ago Information Technology professionals put their heads together to develop two security protocols that account for flaws in code that hackers could potentially exploit. They're called Address Space Layout Randomization and Data Execution Prevention.