Patching for Protection

“Software updates available”, do you hit “Update Now” or “Remind me Later”? 

Hit “Update now”!

We all get lazy when it comes to updating our device’s software for various reasons. We may be in the middle of working on a report, we are out on an errand, or we are simply just too impatient to wait for the update to finish. However, did you know that there are many risks when you choose not to update your computer’s software? You are leaving yourself vulnerable to hackers.

Hacking can be a full-time job for many. Each day, thousands of hackers wake up with ONE goal in mind: to find a new software vulnerability in a commonly installed software like Adobe, flash, or Quicktime. A software vulnerability is a weakness in the program or system’s security. Once found, hackers will figure out how to use the flaw and go after outdated software.

Equifax 2017

Equifax, Inc. is one of America’s largest consumer credit reporting agencies. The company is responsible for giving its clients credit reports and identity protection. However, the company fell victim to a data breach in 2017. Instead of protecting its client’s information, Equifax’s databases were hacked and exposed the personal information of millions of people. The main reason as to why Equifax’s databases were compromised was the lack of updated software. According to McAfee, a global security software provider, a solution to the security hole that was was responsible for the breach was made available two months prior to the incident. However, Equifax failed to update its software. 

TIP:

Make sure to stay on top of security updates for any software you have installed, both at work and at home.

Why is it important to stay updated?

For security reasons, a software update helps ensure that your devices are safe. Common programs from the likes of Adobe and flash are susceptible to errors that can be taken advantage of through plugin downloads. There are times when these downloads contain malicious code that compromises our device. Since we keep a lot of important documents and sensitive information in our devices, a data breach could possibly wipe us out of our data and identity. Remember, hackers do not care about your well-being and will do whatever it takes to steal information. At the same time, who knows what these cybercriminals would do once they have gained access to our accounts. To keep yourself safe, make sure always to update your software and operating systems.

Let us help you!

Cybercrime is at an all-time high, and hackers are setting their sights on small and medium businesses who are “low hanging fruit.” Don’t be their next victim! Click here to download this free report that reveals the most common ways that hackers get in and how to protect yourself. 

We work 24/7 year-round to ensure that your business does not fall prey to data breaches. For more information on how your business can best be protected, schedule a FREE 2-hour assessment with Captain IT by filling out the form linked. 

For more information or to contact Captain IT directly please call (951) 335-4650 to schedule your FREE Assessment.

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