Pandalabs just released a new security report and the news, predictably, is bad. The security firm identified 75 million new malware strains last year, 2.5 times more than 2013. Trojans, the old bugbear, comprised 65.02 per cent of infections caused by malware.
200,000 new malware samples were being spotted every day. As to countries with the highest infection rates, China led the rest, followed by Ecuador, with Turkey in third place. Europe however had the lowest infection rates, with Sweden being the least infected country in the world.
Other noted 2014 trends was ransomware, where computers were basically locked up until you paid to unlock them and of course, high-profile hacking cases such as Sony and Home Depot.
Though Sony got most of the headlines, South Korea saw one of the biggest security heists of the year that saw hackers stealing personal information from over 105.8 million banking accounts.
The answer, said Panda, is not antivirus software but comprehensive security measures including whitelisting and identifying the most vulnerable applications, which could be targetted by attackers.
While all this data is scary enough to make you consider just not shopping or banking online, for many of us it's not an option. The next best thing is just to practise the appropriate precautions and have a plan to do in case, for any reason your online security is compromised. It's a scary online world out there so best be prepared