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Cyscon GmbH Reports that 70% of UK Netizens Vulnerable to Malware Attacks

Ibtimes.co.uk reported on 26th July, 2014 stating that Germany-based cyber security firm Cyscon GmbH has conducted a research and revealed that more than 70% Internet users in the United Kingdom use outdated web browsers.

The study throughout the world reveals that more than 70% of Internauts have not updated their web browsers, making it easy for cyber crooks and hackers to detect potential 'holes' in security systems.

However, the cyber security firm also reveals the higher percentage of people not using updated web browsers in other European nations like Denmark (81%), Norway (79%) and Germany (80%).

As per statistics of Cyscon, Netherlands is an European country where users use outdated web browsing software which pose maximum security risks and 51% of computer users have minimum one plugin component in the browser which needs to be updated.

According to Cyscon's statistics there is an alarming situation in Croatia where users would be more prone to falling for tricks of cybercriminals because 97% of users have not installed required updates.

Next is Republic of Moldova with 94% and Serbia with 86%. These statistics reveal that there is no country where less than 50% of users are aware enough about the risks posed by an old component with security glitches to report.

Cyscon GmbH conducted the study by analyzing Internet browsers of thousands of Internauts and concluded that people who prefer to access the Internet through Microsoft's Internet Explorer with out of date plugins run the maximum threat of being vulnerable to malware and other related Internet scams.

The study shows that 46% of users of Internet Explorer in U.K. which comprises 9.2% of the country's users have not fully updated their browser.

Java and Adobe Acrobat plugins generating maximum risk with 47% and 27% of users respectively who have not completed the latest updates.

The above study could potentially inspire cybercriminals to design new mechanisms in attack including stronger viruses, trojans and malware.

The study concludes with an advice that it is necessary for Internauts to update their Internet browsers as there is a threat of increase in cybercrimes across the world in the long-run.

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