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Why You To Update Your Software and Patch Vulnerabilities Now

CyberWisdom Safe Harbor Commentary:

Cybercriminals often exploit weaknesses or vulnerabilities in the software, web and mobile applications we use or download on our computers, tablets, smartphones (increasingly powering the back end of our smart home appliances) To crack your device, steal your personal information, and in many cases, conduct identity fraud.

As an advocate, there is no better advice than keeping personal and work device updated by patching vulnerabilities. So keep the back door locked and you have nothing to lose and everything is available.

How hackers do this by using our vulnerabilities?

Vulnerabilities in software and applications can occur when writing application code. Cybercriminals can use some elements of the code to maliciously use software to enter the computer system – or for a business to enter the network.

This does not mean that we should start pointing developers – no code will always be 100% secure, and new vulnerabilities will be found anytime. This is why we receive updates from our software vendors that fix unsafe code and keep the device secure.

Impact

When we do not download these patches, it’s like unlocking the back door. You may open it all day, no one will find it. However, it takes only one person to enter, and suddenly they have access to the entire house and everything in it. In fact, the software world is worse than the physical world because attackers can automatically attack and search for unpatched software on the Internet.

What’s the risk?

When we hear about the costs of an unpatched vulnerability, it is often associated with large organizations because of the size of the incident.

In September, a massive breach of Equifax with a known vulnerability in its web-based software resulted in the burglary of 143 million U.S. and 400 British users. Most disappointing in this scenario is that since March 2017, Apache Struts 2 has been the framework for a web application written in the Java programming language.

Similarly, the WannaCry ransomware attack that involved a massive NHS attack exploits a known vulnerability in the Microsoft operating system. This is why the National Audit Office says NHS “can stop” the attack and why the Chief Debate Ministry of Health and NHS now must “act together.”

However, while cyber-attacks by large organizations may headline, consumers must recognize that their software and operating systems may be the next target. From hacking into online banking to identifying fraud, hacking attacks on corporate-sensitive corporate information as hackers log in – the motives of cyber-attackers are real and often achieved.

What should I do?

What surprises you with such a simple matter is that updates are often overlooked and/or postponed. Think of software as something that decays slowly over time and must be kept up-to-date and updated so that attackers can take advantage of it.

Why The Government Wants You To Update Your Software

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/why-the-government-wants-you-to-update-your-software_uk_5a53cb83e4b0cd114bdb3599It’s amazing when you watch a lightbulb moment happen – especially when you’ve spent a great deal of your professional live devoted to it. That’s how it felt when I first heard about the UK Government’s Cyber Aware campaign. Watching a TV advertisement solely focusing on encouraging people to update their software felt like the advent of a new stage in application security. And if you haven’t seen it already, I’d recommend that you invest the 30 seconds to do so – you can find it online here. Weaknesses, or vulnerabilities, in the software, and web and mobile applications that we use or download onto our computers, tablets, smartphones – and increasingly, that power the back end of our smart home gadgets – is often exploited by cybercriminals to hack your devices, steal your personal information and, in many cases, commit identity fraud. That doesn’t mean we should start pointing the finger at developers – no code will remain 100 percent secure forever, with new vulnerabilities discovered all the time. This is why we receive updates from our software providers, which patch the insecure code and keep our devices safe. When we don’t download these patches, it’s like leaving the… Why The Government Wants You To Update Your Software

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