Microsoft Office is extremely useful and essential to day-to-day computer tasks. However, the world’s most popular productivity apps suite is also considered fertile soil for hacker attacks. The information comes from Kaspersky Lab. It produced a report on all the threats that the digital security company has already found on the web.
According to the report, 70 percent of all attacks studied try to exploit some vulnerability in Office applications. Or they even try to fool users by going through text files, spreadsheets, and so on. Because of the immense popularity and the fact that the suite is compatible with many file formats, hackers focus their efforts on Microsoft programs.
Browsers have been safer since 2014 (source: Kaspersky)
70% of all attacks studied try to exploit some Office applications.
In addition to the 70% targeted attacks on Office, we have even more 14% of the threats that focus their efforts on different web browsers. In other words, it’s easier for you to become the victim of a cyber attack on Word than it is through the guts of Chrome.
The report also states that web browsers have been investing a lot of time and resources into security enhancements. This has had an effect in recent years. Be that as it may, the vast majority of recent Office attacks have focused on vulnerabilities known as CVE-2017-11882 and CVE-2018-0802. These can now be fixed with system and antivirus updates.