In light of the current ransomware attacks, it has become ever more urgent to be sure your operating system is up-to-date.
Do you know if your operating system is up to date? For that matter, do you know exactly what operating system you are running? This is important information to have and there’s a reason why I’m asking about updates. Here’s the thing. Software is great, and as precise as code seems to most of us, it’s easy to leave an unintentional hole, or backdoor. Those software vulnerabilities can be exploited by hackers to get into your computer and create all sorts of havoc.
If you’re not sure how up-to-date you are, log onto your computer right now and take a look. If you’re not sure how to update your software, refer to the Windows or Apple websites. There are also lots of video tutorials to be found on YouTube that will walk you through the process.
Update your operating system if needed and reboot your computer. Then you may want to enable automatic updates so you don’t have to worry about doing this manually again. From there you should be fairly secure provided your operating system is still supported and updated regularly.
Usually we’ve long moved on to a new computer and newer software by the time Windows or Apple decides to stop updates and support for an old version of their respective operating systems. If you’re in doubt about yours, a quick Google search should put your worries to rest.
In addition to keeping your operating system up to date, it’s also a good idea to do the same with any other software you have on your computer including browsers, email programs, office tools and the likes. Next to running a good anti-virus program, keeping everything updated is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself, your computers, and the information stored on them.
Since all our computers and laptops are connected to the internet these days, each machine in your house is a possible hacker entry point. You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked or a back yard window open. Why risk the same with your computer by getting lazy about regular updates.
Of course automatic updates aren’t a must. If the idea of giving away that much control makes you nervous, simply make it a point to check for updates regularly and install them as soon as you come across them. In most cases it won’t take more than a few minutes of your time. That’s well worth having piece of mind. And, in this day and age, it’s more of an imperative than a luxury.