When it comes to malware infections that end up in your system, they all can seem pretty bad. It doesn’t matter if it is the biggest, baddest, newest virus that is infecting computers or if it is an old leftover virus from years past, if it takes down your system then you probably will be upset. But believe it or not, there are degrees of concern when it comes to malware that is in the wild. When the people whose job it is to make antivirus or other protection software for your system look at the different types of infections that are out there, there are some that are considered worse than others.
They will probably all tell you that one of the worst infections that can be out there is a browser zero day attack. There are zero days found all of the time for different pieces of software that is installed in your computer. There are operating system zero days, and Flash zero days and many more. All software has the potential to have them. But nothing is worse than your browser having a zero day ready for attack.
The reason why a browser zero day is so bad is because the browser is the most used software product in most users computers. When a person uses a computer these days, the odds are that they are going to use it to go online. So there is going to be a lot of sensitive data that goes back and forth through the browser. A zero day can possibly be used to steal all of that data.
That is why when you see an update to your browser software you should follow the company’s suggestion and install it. You do not want to be in the position where a very bad piece of malware can infect you. While zero days mean that the infections have been just found in the wild, if it is bad enough the company will release a browser update immediately. If you are not one of the first hit then there is a good chance that you will be protected.