The pandemic has hit many people, businesses and livelihoods quite hard – the last thing any of us want right now, as we’re beginning to recover, is to fall victim to cybersecurity breaches – ransomware attacks, hacks, or scams.
Throughout the past two years, teams at some of the most popular tech companies like Microsoft and Google have been working overtime to stay one step ahead of the scammers and hackers, patching security holes and releasing updates for their software and services as quickly as they can.
As more people have been turning to online solutions to overcome physical distance barriers, cybersecurity has rightly been at the front of many more people’s minds. Where there is something to exploit, hackers and scammers will be there; security patches have become something of an arms race for software developers.
Getting people to install updates can be another hurdle entirely, though – how many times have we all pressed “remind me later” on a mobile device operating system, or postponed a Windows update because it came at an inconvenient time? The fact is, regular updates are an incredibly effective way of protecting your data and devices – patching security flaws and fixing exploitable bugs so that they can no longer be targeted by hackers and their tools.
By making sure your devices and software are up-to-date, you can drastically reduce your chances of being subject to a malware or ransomware attack – and also in turn protect anyone else on your network.