Thousands of hackers get up every morning with one goal in mind: to find a new vulnerability in a commonly installed software like Adobe, Flash or QuickTime that they can use to access your computer.
Major software companies frequently issue patches and updates for known security bugs. But once a known vulnerability is announced via a patch, hackers get to work like crazy, trying to figure out how to use that vulnerability to gain access to users who are lazy about installing updates. That’s why it’s important to update installed software programs as soon as possible.
Of course, if you have a service provider like Computerware, your network is being monitored for these updates and they are handled for you. However, your home computers, smartphone and other devices that may not be under such protection probably need a little attention.
Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.