About 23% of the users are still using old or outdated browsers, leaving big security holes for the system, according to Kaspersky Lab.
According to the anti-virus application developer, majority of the cyber attacks are carried out through by exploiting vulnerabilities in the web browser applications themselves, or outdated plug-ins within the browser.
A study conducted by Kaspersky Lab found that about 14.5% of the users are using previous version, but 8.5% still use obsolete versions while about 77% customers are using the latest stable or beta versions of the browser.
Since web users take about a month to update their browser to upgrade to the latest version, leaving the vulnerabilities in the browsers exposed to cybercriminals to exploit.
"That means millions of potentially vulnerable machines, constantly attacked using new and well-known web-born threats. This is strong evidence of the urgent need for proper security software which is able to react to new threats in a matter of minutes, not days or even weeks."
Among the obsolete browsers being used by web users are Internet Explorer 6 and 7 which jointly account 3.9% share.
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