Growing migration to Wi-Fi and web-enabled gadgets has led to hackers targeting new alternatives while PC makers continue to better secure their software. The Microsoft Windows OS and Internet Explorer remain two popular targets for criminals, but nowadays there are many additional products that can be targeted.
Windows has long been a popular target for hackers and criminals looking to exploit security flaws, but new emerging markets have become even more appealing. The increase in portable data, new operating systems and consumer electronics has given criminals new opportunities.
As Microsoft better secures its own products, other lesser known operating systems and software solutions will be targeted by hackers, including software on smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Even though Microsoft and other companies are working to better secure Internet data, it looks like most PC users widely ignore security best practices. Despite half of users reportedly losing data, just 10 percent of PC users regularly backup their information. Cyber criminals are aware how reckless many people are with their personal information online, and will continue to try and trick and deceive users into divulging private data.
Windows security has also developed greatly over the past year or two, with Windows 7 proving to be more reliable than previous editions. Apple has handled issues and faces a growing number of new attempted hacks and attacks aimed at Mac users as their products become more popular. Meanwhile, defending Windows 7 continues to be a major priority for Microsoft, with the company rumored to release Windows 8 in late 2012 or early 2013.
PC users should expect to continue to see an interesting blend between new security patches and evolving attempts to steal information and compromise data. Even if organized hacker groups aren’t targeting PC users on a wide-scale, the threat of spyware and malware should cause computer users to be vigilant and to be on the lookout for new threats.
Meanwhile, there are constant reminders that security updates are necessary to keep Windows safe from new security vulnerabilities. The battle against hackers and cyber criminals isn’t going anywhere, it’s just getting ever more sophisticated and complicated.