In a recently released research paper Stefan Frei, Thomas Dübendorfer, Gunter Ollmann and Martin May analyzed Google Search Engine logs between January 2007 and June 2008 to understand web browser security. The research paper brought up some interesting figures including worldwide browser usage, number of users with the latest version of the browser and the share of the most secure browser version.
According to their research Internet Explorer is leading the field with a market share of 78.3% followed by Firefox with 16.1%, Safari with 3.4% and Opera with 0.8%. This means in daily numbers 1108 million Internet Explorer, 227 million Firefox, 48 million Safari and 11 million Opera browsers.
If you analyze that data to find out how many of the users are using the latest version of the browser the picture changes drastically and provides another explanation why Internet Explorer is still the number one target for malicious software.
Only 52.5% of all Internet Explorer users are running the latest browser version compared to 92.2% of all Firefox users, 90.1% of the Opera users and 70.2% of the Safari users. The numbers are assuming that the latest version of the browser is the most secure one.
This leads to my initial question. Are you running the latest browser version of the browser that you are using ?
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