2014 was a record year for malware according to Panda Security

As we progress into the beginning of a new year we often reflect back on the previous years mishaps, achievements and forgotten new years resolutions. But what about MALWARE?

That’s just what Panda Security has done in it’s year end annual report and the results are chilling to say the least.

Panda reports that it’s malware detection rates have doubled in comparison to it’s 2013 statistics, making 2014 the worst year for malware infections ever.

In 2014 the malware creation broke new levels, with 200,000 new samples being spotted every single day. – Panda Security Annual Report 2014

In it’s annual report panda went on to say that they detected 200,000 new samples every day as well as over 75 million new malware strains in 2014 alone.  Even though the year was filled with reports of large companies becoming victim to more and more cyber attacks, other threats have taken the spotlight in what is being considered the worst year ever for computer security. Just as an example malware like Cryptolocker which encrypts users documents and pictures and holds them for ransom, making the infected pay to get a decrypter so they can get their files back. You can read the full annual report by panda here.

The total number of malware samples in our collection is 220 million, which means that 34 percent of all malware ever created was coded in 2014. – Panda Security Annual Report 2014

As malware hits new levels we as security professionals and even baisc computer users must adapt and do the same. Which is why it’s always best to ensure you’re running up-to-date software on your computers(adobe flash, internet explorer, java, etc) and have updated and are running great antivirus software(We would recommend  you install Avast! Free Anti-Virus 2015 due to its nifty software updater feature). It is also important that you keep your operating system up-to-data via it’s updater feature to avoid potential security loop holes or exploits.