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Is Your Web Viewing Dangerous? Over 350k Web Sites Run Vulnerable Software

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Over 350,000 of the world’s top 1 million web sites may be running vulnerable software --  which the recent WannaCry cyber attack has shown can spell considerable risk of hacker exploitation. According to the Menlo Security State of The Web report, software on some web sites dates back to over a decade ago, as far back as the year 2000. The cyber security research reveals that nearly half (46%) of the Internet’s top 1 million web sites, as ranked by Alexa, are risky, and that 1 in 5 domains run vulnerable software.

Anyone visiting a web site can be at risk, depending on what type of sites they visit and what security measures they may or may not have on their browser. Bank or credit union employees, for example, may be at higher risk if they tend to use business and economy sites. Pharmaceutical researchers can be vulnerable if they track individual research blogs or a scientist’s personal sites, based on high risk site categories for vulnerable software (society, shopping, and news & media categories are also problematic categories).

Check out the entire report, and learn how isolation can help protect against web and email threats.

Never heard of isolation? Menlo Security’s isolation technology inserts a secure, trusted execution environment between a web or email user and any potential sources of attacks. By executing user sessions away from the endpoint and delivering only safe rendering information to devices, users are protected from malware and phishing attacks. Find out how it works here.

 

Tags: isolation, ransomware, credential theft, malware vulnerabilities, phishing prevention, spear-phishing, banks, cyber attacks, wannacry, hackers, financial security firms, credit unions, web threats, email threats

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