Panda Labs: One third of PCs are infected with malware

Panda Labs: One third of PCs are infected with malwareAlthough rates have dropped, Panda Labs is reporting that one third of all PCs are infected with malware.

32 percent of users the security firm researched had some form of malware on their computers in 2012, down from 38 percent in 2011.

China led the way, with 54 percent of systems infected. South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Honduras rounded out the top five.

One type of attack was most popular; trojans. 76 percent of all attacks were trojans during the year, up from 66 percent in 2011: “It seems that cyber criminals have managed to infect more computers with Trojans this year than in previous years. One of the reasons for this growth is the increased use of exploit kits such as Black Hole, which are capable of exploiting multiple system vulnerabilities to infect computers automatically without user intervention.”

Android devices also remained a top target for attackers, “Android is potentially exposed to far more security risks than its biggest competitor (iPhone and its iOS), as it allows users to get their apps from anywhere they want,” Panda added. “However, using the official Android marketplace is no security guarantee either, as it has also been targeted by cyber crooks luring users into installing Trojans disguised as legitimate apps.”


Report: Almost 25 percent of iPhones have cracked screen

Report: Almost 25 percent of iPhones have cracked screenAccording to smartphone insurance site, 23 percent of all iPhones have cracked or smashed screens.

Owners were asked whether their display is currently cracked, smashed or broken.

Most of the owners spent a long time with the broken screen, with the average length being 6 months.

30 percent said they were not insured, 30 percent said they could not afford to fix it and 40 percent were okay with living with the damage, most likely because of one of the first two questions.

A full 31 percent said they would never fix their iPhone or wait until their next upgrade.

Woz agrees that Apple is falling behind rivals

Woz agrees that Apple is falling behind rivalsApple co-founder Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak had some words for his former company.

Speaking to a German publication, the Woz admitted that the company has fallen somewhat behind in its bid to remain the top smartphone maker in the world.

I am proud that we have such loyal fans. But this loyalty is not given, the needs with the best products are always kept alive and confirmed. Currently we are in my opinion in the smartphone business with the features somewhat behind. Others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.

Apple and Samsung combined for about 99 percent of all the profits in the smartphone world, and own the majority market share.

There have been fears that Apple has lost its innovative edge over the last year, and those fears were reflected in its share price, which fell from a high of $705 to $475 today.