Atlas VPN unveils a study on the evolution of malware in 2022. This term refers to all types of malicious software, such as computer viruses, spyware or ransomware. For this analysis, the VPN solution relies on data from AV-TEST GmbH, an independent research institute for IT security and virus research.
Windows users are the most impacted by malware
Cybercriminals continually develop new malware, targeting both computers and mobile devices. However, some operating systems are more targeted than others. According to the analysis revealed by Atlas VPN, Windows users are the most exposed to malware. Since the beginning of 2022, 25.48 million new malware have been detected on Microsoft’s operating system. The VPN solution points out that these are mostly Trojans.
Windows is not only the most popular operating system in the world, but it is also notorious for numerous vulnerabilities in these different versions, which makes it an easy target for cybercriminals, Atlas VPN believes.
In second place is Android, Google‘s mobile operating system, which has recorded 536,152 new malware threats since the start of 2022. For its part, Apple’s operating system, macOS, remains the less impacted by cyberattacks, with a total of just over 2,000 threats detected.Also to be read
Over 34 million malware detected since the start of 2022
The study also details the number of malware detected in the first months of 2022. According to the graph below, 11.41 million new malware were observed in January 2022. These threats decreased by 22% in February to 8.93 million, and fell another 2% in March to 8.77 million. In April, 5.65 million pieces of malware were reported, bringing the number of malware threats since the start of 2022 to 34.76 million.
Atlas VPN’s 4 Key Malware Tips
To protect against the continued spread of threats from malware, the VPN solution encourages users to:
- Perform software updates regularly: depending on the tools and applications you use on a daily basis, it is important to perform updates when they are offered to you. Software developers regularly apply patches within these updates to fix security vulnerabilities that could or have been exploited.
- Be vigilant when downloading: It is common to see malware embedded in downloaded files or applications. Be sure to download from official sources and stores.
- Avoid suspicious links and attachments: Phishing (otherwise known as phishing) is a very common malware technique. This is why it is important to stay alert to the emails you receive. It is therefore strongly recommended not to click on links or open an attachment when an email seems suspicious to you.
- Use antivirus software: if it is necessary to remember, the use of an antivirus is essential for your computer and your mobile. This protection should not be taken lightly at the risk of having personal data stolen or falling victim to ransomware, another type of increasingly widespread cyberattack.