Updating operating system software
The sooner you update, the sooner you’ll feel confident your device is more secure — until the next update reminder. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to make sure your operating system is running the latest version.Hackers love security flaws, also known as software vulnerabilities.The code is packaged into malware — short for malicious software. You probably keep a lot of documents and personal information on your devices.An exploit sometimes can infect your computer with no action on your part other than viewing a rogue website, opening a compromised message, or playing infected media. The malware can steal data saved on your device or allow the attacker to gain control over your computer and encrypt your files. Your personally identifiable information — from emails to bank account information — is valuable to cybercriminals.You might have to pay a ransom for an encryption key to get it back.Or, worse, you might pay a ransom and not get it back.Visit Microsoft Update to scan your computer and see a list of updates, which you can then decide whether to download and install.
For more information, see Turn automatic updating on or off.
A software vulnerability is a security hole or weakness found in a software program or operating system.
Hackers can take advantage of the weakness by writing code to target the vulnerability.
If your device gets a virus, you could pass it on to your friends, family, and business associates.
That’s why you want to keep your software and systems updated.
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