(MENAFN Press) CNN Money released a startling story on the growing prevalence of computer viruses, Trojans and web attacks that has many concerned for the safety of their computer and their personal information.
According to the CNN report, McAfee released a quarterly threat report that showed more than 8 million types of new malware had been found in the second quarter, which was a 23% increase from the first quarter. The company says there are more than 90 million unique types of malware floating aroundSC Network the internet world.
While Microsoft PCs are the most vulnerable to cyber-attacks, hackers are also targeting Apple computers and mobile phones.
In the CNN Money article, Vincent Weafer, head of McAfee labs said Attacks that we've traditionally seen on PCs are now making their way to other devices. This report highlights the need for protection on all devices that may be used to access the Internet.
According to the report, as Mac has grown to become the third-largest computer platform in the United States, hackers are increasingly setting their sights on these computers.
Google is another vulnerable spot for hackers, with their Android software for mobile phones being the target of basically all new mobile viruses. McAfee reported 13,000 different types of mobile malware this year, while in 2011 less than 2,000 were found.
The types of cyber threats out there are growing exponentially and it's really scary for a lot of people, said Sam Ker, CEO of SCforum.info, a security forum and PC help center. We've had a great deal of visitors to our site, looking for economical ways to clean their computers and remain protected from the threats that are seemingly never-ending.
SCforum.info, Security Central Forum, is an online community dedicated to providing visitors with computer-related news, alerts, downloads and free help, including free virus and anti-malware software, advice on choosing anti-virus software, and overall remote PC assistance. Message boards include topics such as anti-virus software downloads and reviews, firewall downloads and reviews, and anti-spyware downloads and reviews.
Computer users, and even mobile phone users face threats around every corner, and to protect your computer and your safety and identity, you have to continuously educate yourself on what's out there and what you can do to avoid these dangers, said Ker. Our online community is a great way to stay ahead of what's happening in the cyber world, to avoid these threats and attacks by cyber criminals. Also, it's especially important in this world economy, period of global recession, to have access to free software that will protect you against these threats, and our forum is a great way to learn the options for anti-virus and anti-spyware software that isn't going to cost you a single cent.