Recently, we talked about some vulnerabilities in mobile apps that could put mobile users’ security at risk. Now, critical vulnerabilities discovered over the past few weeks in widely used software, such as Java 7 and Microsoft’s browser Internet Explorer, urge us to focus our attention on weaknesses in computer software.
Internet security is a multifaceted issue, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll only talk about two of the primary issues concerning online and computer security:
- Lack of proper computer security
Your computer comes with security settings that can be configured to protect your device and its content. Make sure to configure them based on your needs after purchasing a new computer and review them periodically to ensure they are still meeting your needs based on your usage.
- Weaknesses within software
Simply buying a new piece of software won’t keep you safe forever. New product launches are targets for hackers, so software developers must constantly tweak their software to fix the weaknesses that put their software and you at risk for attacks. These fixes are known as ‘security patches’, and are predominantly what’s behind software updates. Therefore, it’s vital that when prompted, software updates are approved and initiated. One of the best and most basic ways to prevent an attack on your computer is to ensure you always have the latest and greatest software version installed.
Now that you’re educated on two of the main computer threats out there, there is one more trick to ensure you don’t fall victim to cybercriminals…
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