A new study shows that when you’re running Windows 7 or 8, your PC’s USB port will be the most vulnerable to malware attacks.
Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management (RSM) found that USB devices with USB 3.0 ports are the most susceptible to malware.
A new analysis found that the average PC’s ports are almost two times more likely to get infected with malicious software when compared to USB 2.0 and USB 3 ports.
USB 3 and USB 2 ports are widely used for mobile devices and PCs that don’t have a USB 3 port, but the new study also found that it is possible to infect USB ports that are not directly connected to the PC.
According to the study, Windows 7 and 8 have about 80 percent of the USB ports infected with malware.
The study showed that Windows 8 is the fastest growing OS for USB devices, while Windows 7 has the second-fastest growth.
The RSM researchers say this means that if a malicious user tries to use an USB device that is connected to your PC, they are more likely than the average user to be infected with an infection.
Windows 7 had the highest percentage of USB 3 devices with malware, but Windows 8 saw the highest increase in USB 2 devices with malicious code.
RSM says that it can’t yet pinpoint the exact percentage of malicious USB devices that are using these ports, but it estimates that about a quarter of all USB ports are infected with malformed code.
If your PC is running Windows 8, the researchers recommend that you reboot after installing Windows 8.1 to get the most out of Windows 8’s new features.