Canada is winning the war against malware

Canada is making some big headway in the battle against malware, with new figures showing our infection rate is just half that of the global average. 

Out of every 1,000 computers scanned, just 2.7 in Canada are infected with malware, well below the global rate of seven infected machines per 1,000, new data from Microsoft Corp. shows. The research also shows that while the worldwide infection rate has dipped only slightly since the third quarter of 2011, Canada’s has slid dramatically from about six infections per 1,000 computers to just 2.7 today. 

The rosy Canadian picture is probably due to two major factors, said Tim Rains, director of trustworthy computing at Microsoft: Canada’s above average security smarts and IT education programs. 

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