Swiss Federal Institute of Technology researcher Stefan Frei and Thomas Duebendorfer of Google released a paper with their findings this week called "Why Silent Updates Boost Security" (PDF). In it, they note that only about 45 percent of Internet users were using the most secure browser version when visiting Google's Web servers. This, of course, is bad news—as many Ars readers know, Web browsers are increasingly used to target vulnerable users with viruses, malware, adware, and more.

Ars Technica - Jacqui Cheng May 6, 2009