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Ask Jack: What Applications Do Cyber Criminals Target?

By Jack McCalmon, The McCalmon Group, Inc.

How do I know if the applications I am using are a high-risk target for data thieves?


Data thieves follow market share. The applications that have most market share are their primary targets. 

For instance, Windows is the most popular operating system in the world. Accordingly, 95.6 percent of all malware targets Windows per data analyzed by Atlas VPN, while macOS was targeted the least. https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2022/12/over-95-per-cent-of-2022-s-new-malware-threats-aimed-at-windows/

Another example is gaming software. Minecraft is believed to be the world's most popular game. https://gamertweak.com/most-played-popular-games/  Minecraft is also the game most targeted for malware according to Kapersky. https://vpnoverview.com/internet-safety/malware/malware-infected-games/

The bad guys follow a simple formula – the more users of an application, the greater probability of malware corruption.

Jack McCalmon, Leslie Zieren, and Emily Brodzinski are attorneys with more than 50 years combined experience assisting employers in lowering their risk, including answering questions, like the one above, through the McCalmon Group's Best Practices Help Line. The Best Practice Help Line is a service of The McCalmon Group, Inc. Your organization may have access to The Best Practice Help Line or a similar service from another provider at no cost to you or at a discount. For questions about The Best Practice Help Line or what similar services are available to you via this Platform, call 888.712.7667.

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