The Importance of Patching
With all the talk about ransomwear in the news these days, it’s important to stop and think about patching. Keeping your operating system and the applications you use on all your devices has become more important than ever in light of security breaches.
Whenever possible, make sure you have automatic updates turned on, not just for your computer, but also for any mobile devices, such as smart phones. Windows Updates, for example, used to be more about fixing bugs in the software to make the user experience better. However, it is now more about patching security vulnerabilities to keep your data and devices safe from attack.
Consider that the WannaCry ransomwear that wreaked havoc across Europe in May could have been largely avoided had the operating systems been properly patched. Microsoft had discovered the vulnerability that was exploited in this attack in March and had already issued a patch for it.
Keeping your devices up to date is not a guarantee that you will not suffer a loss of your data, but it is a good way to greatly minimize your risk, and it is an easy step!