Users in Vietnam, Philippines, India prone to viruses from removable drives

China worst when online

In a study conducted by Kaspersky, the security network unearthed some disturbing statistics: out of nine Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, Vietnam, the Philippines, and India have the highest number of computer users who experienced local threat incidents.

Local threats refer to any form of virus or malware distributed through offline means. Those include USB flash drives, CDs, DVDs, and local networks — basically anything that isn’t sourced from the internet. Encrypted formats such as programs from complex installers and files count, too.


As you can see in the graph above, the three headlining countries — Vietnam (64 percent), the Philippines (58.4 percent), and India (54.8 percent) — have the most local detections, but not by a mile. Indonesia just barely missed a dishonorable third place.

As for online detections, China scored highest with 24.3 percent, followed closely by Vietnam at 22.8 percent, and a tie for third with India and Indonesia both scoring 18.5 percent. The stats cover June to September, 2016, so the data is quite recent.

Overall, an average of 49 percent of users in APAC were troubled by offline threats, while 17 percent of users faced online threats that were eventually blocked by Kaspersky’s software protection.

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What this all means is that security companies are getting better at detecting and eliminating web-related attacks, but people are still highly prone to opening malicious physical storage drives and virus-infected installers.

This serves as a reminder to not open unknown files from unsafe sources. Remember, no matter how strong your antivirus programs are, no computer is truly safe from digital harm.

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