Windows is one of the most secure Operating Systems for your PC
The National Vulnerability Database (NVD) provides a very informative list of security vulnerabilities which have been found in 2014, whereas they are focusing on Software, Operating Systems and Hardware which can be a source for vulnerabilities and can harm your system as a result. Most important to me was which programs and which operating systems are listed at the NVD with the most security vulnerabilities, therefore I have summarized that for you below. The data of programs is very important because this software gets security updates more frequent if they are in the list of most unsecure programs, therefore it is recommended to update these programs more often.
In 2014, 7,038 new vulnerabilities have been added to the National Vulnerability Database, this was a huge rise compared to the year before. 7,038 vulnerabilities also means that there have been added 19 vulnerabilities per day in average in 2014. Below you can have a look at the graphics which are showing the increasing database, you can have also a look at the numbers from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Compared to the numbers of total vulnerabilities which have changed, the list of most unsecure software has only slightly changed from 2013 to 2014. The 3 programs with the most security vulnerabilities are not surprisingly browsers. Included are Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so basically the browsers which are used the most to access the Internet from a PC. So why are Browsers are the programs with the most security vulnerabilities, well this is simple, because they are a popular gateway to access a server and to spread malware on the clients. Back in 2009 and 2012 Mozilla Firefox was the browser with the most vulnerabilities, whereas 2010 and 2011 Google’s Chrome browser was on top of this list. Microsofts’s Internet Explorer is on top for the last two years, hopefully this will change with Project Spartan which Microsoft is going to release with Windows 10.
Directly after the browsers, there are the well known Adobe Flash Player and Java PlugIn’s listed which are used by millions of people everyday and are known for their security holes.
Let’s have a look at the operating systems and which of them had the most security vulnerabilities in 2014. If we have a close look at the graphics below, we can see that Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Server Operating Systems do all have something around 36 security holes, this doesn’t sound too good but as we can see it can bee even worse. Apple’s Mac OS X is number one of the list with 147 security flaws, which is indeed a lot however also Apple’s Smartphone OS is not really better at this. iOS is a strong second in the list and has brought up 127 Security holes in 2014 which is a lot for a mobile OS, unfortunately Windows Phone is not listed here, but if it had topped iOS I am sure it would have been listed. And finally the proud third one are operating systems with a Linux Kernel, so not a good sign for open source OS’s.
I hope I could give a good overview of the Security Topic in the year 2014, which Software has been affected the most and which are the most reliable. If you have any further questions just drop me a comment below or visit the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) for more detailed information.