When software updates become available, vendors usually put them on their websites for users to download. Install updates as soon as possible to protect your computer, phone, or other digital device against attackers who would take advantage of system vulnerabilities. Attackers may target vulnerabilities for months or even years after updates are available. Some software […]
A zero-day (also known as 0-day) vulnerability is a computer-software vulnerability that is unknown to those who would be interested in mitigating the vulnerability (including the vendor of the target software). Until the vulnerability is alleviated, hackers can exploit it to negatively affect computer programs, data, additional computers or a network. An exploit directed at […]
You might think email is relatively safe, but it’s an old set of protocols with many vulnerabilities. Consider using encrypted email for full protection – messages sent through these services are completely unreadable by anyone without your key, although using it can take some getting used to.
Outdated applications and OSes are magnets for malware, since they often have known vulnerabilities that can only be fixed by upgrading. If you see a new version is available, install it right away. Some platforms, such as Apple iOS, even allow you to automatically schedule security updates so you don’t miss a crucial change.
Update the security software, operating system, and web browser on all of your Internet-connected devices. Keeping your security software up to date will prevent attackers from taking advantage of known vulnerabilities. Use a tool like our PC Tune-up to keep your PC running like new.
Ransomware encrypts your files and demands payment for their decryption. It usually starts with a malicious link or attachment targeting vulnerability in outdated software. Don’t click these items if you don’t recognize them and/or if they were flagged by your security software. Also, never pay ransoms, since they don’t guarantee safe return.
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