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In order to beef up cyber security and anticipate new security threats in 2014, GFI labs has recently released a list of the most vulnerable software, applications and operating systems for last year.

Analysing figures from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), researchers at GFI labs discovered that many widely used apps and operating systems contain a lot of critical vulnerabilities.

In total, 4,794 security flaws were reported in 2013, which represents an average of 13 vulnerabilities per day – its highest level in the past five years. Notably, about 33 per cent of the security flaws were classified as very severe, meaning they can create significant amounts of damage.

On the basis of vendors, Oracle saw the highest number with 514 security flaws. Its Java software alone contributed 193 vulnerabilities and more than 100 were considered critical. Cisco came in second with 373 susceptibilities, while Microsoft posted 344 security flaws with 248 classified as critical.

In terms of web browsers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the most susceptible to malicious attacks, while Google Chrome ranked third.

When it comes to operating systems, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 led the pack with 58 critical vulnerabilities in 2013, up from just 35 in 2012. Coming in second, Microsoft Windows 7 saw 55 severe vulnerabilities, up from 33 previously, while Windows Vista registered 53 high-risk susceptibilities, up from 34 in 2012.

Microsoft Windows 8 saw the largest gain with 43 critical vulnerabilities in 2013 compared to just five in 2012.

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