Malware and Viruses Statistics For 2021
September 23, 2021
Small businesses are susceptible to viruses and malware because they often do not have the proper IT support that they need. The average business will spend about 4 to 6% of their revenue each year on their information technology needs, including cybersecurity. Some small businesses may not be aware that their network has been compromised until it’s too late. Let’s take a look at some of the virus and malware trends in 2021.
How Many Known Viruses and Malware Exist?
The problems with viruses and malware have persisted since the advent of the Internet into the workplace. Every day, there are over 560,000 pieces of malware discovered globally and there are over 1 billion known viruses and malware that have been detected. In 2019, there were over 10 billion registered attacks against businesses across the globe. Viruses and malware don’t just impact computers. As a rough statistic, Google regularly tests websites as part of its search quality guidelines. On average, about 7% of websites tested are impacted with malware or viruses and thus are pulled from Google’s index.
To combat viruses and malware, you need to have a good technology team on your side. A company like TechSeek can help you with protecting your network, your hardware, and your website from malwares and viruses.
By and Far, the Most Common Malware and Viruses Come In The Form Of Trojans
Trojans are about 56% of infectious software that impact workplace computers and networks. A Trojan is a piece of malicious software that actually looks like a legitimate program. Once installed, it takes control of your machine. It is designed to steal data, impact your business operations, or inflict some type of devastating action on your workplace’s data or network. A common type of Trojan is fake antivirus software. This type of malware will cause you to think something is wrong with your computer. Another common type of Trojan is a mailfinder. Mailfinder software is designed to harvest emails from your computer. There are even Trojans that can impact your mobile phone. These can send text messages, collect phone numbers, and do other malicious things to harvest your data.
Email Is a Deadly Way Hackers Distribute Malware and Viruses
By and far, email is the most common distribution method for viruses and malware. Most emails like these will go to spam. A common type of malicious email might send you to a website designed to steal your payment information. Other viruses and malware can come across through PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel files. Here are some stats about emails and the attachments that can be devastating:
- Most viruses and malware are spread via .exe files on Windows machines.
- 46% of hackers deliver viruses and malware via email.
- PDFs are also a common source of malware, but only account for about 6% of confirmed cyber attacks.
- Some viruses and malware can also do destructive things to your hardware, such as the ILOVEYOU virus that would rewrite all the computer files and name them “iloveyou” until the machine crashed.
About How Many Computers Are Impacted By Malware
Globally, it is estimated that about 30% of computers have malware and viruses on them without the user knowing it. The countries with the biggest problems include China, Taiwan, Turkey, and others. However, countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States often have viruses and malware on them. This can be prevalent in small businesses without an IT support infrastructure.
Viruses and malware can be devastating to companies financially, too. Sometimes, organizations choose to actually pay the ransom for ransomware. The average amount also crops up annually. In 2021, the average business might end up having to pay $500,000 or more, up from around $300,000 the previous year.
What Other Types of Malware Are Out There?
Not only do viruses and malware impact computers and smartphones, but routers can also be hijacked. Here are a few different examples of router malware:
- Some types of malware will infiltrate your mobile phone in an attempt to access your router. From here, these types of malware can hijack your router and use your connected hardware to do a brute force attack to gain access to data.
- VPN malware can require users to do a hard reset of their router.
- Another type of router malware can actually hijack your organization’s DNS and take control of hardware to reroute users to phishing websites.
How TechSeek Can Help Protect Your Organization From Viruses and Malware
There are a few ways that you can practice good email and password hygiene to protect your network’s infrastructure:
- Have antivirus software installed on every machine and make sure it is updated.
- Make sure that you check all email attachments before you download and open them.
- Make sure that your organization’s network points are protected and include a strong password shared only with the people who work at your organization.
TechSeek can help you with all of these things. We can regularly check your antivirus software and set up secure passwords for all the network hardpoints in your company.