Updating the operating system can be a great pain in the neck. The new software may be buggy first, some of your old programs may lose compatibility, and worst of all, your computer may be out of commission for hours. It's no wonder that so many people still choose to keep the same operating system as their computer came with. As the saying goes, "If it's not broken, don't fix it."
This time maybe you might want to look to fix your system. A major security threat has been identified by Microsoft, one that potentially targets old-fashioned Windows computers.
This vulnerability can spell disaster for personal information and if left untouched can spread malicious code quickly over the internet. 1
Is my system affected by the latest Windows vulnerability?
In a blog post released by Microsoft, the company outlined a critical security error found in older versions of the Windows operating system. This error affects some of the software called Remote Desktop Services or Terminal Services.
Normally, these features allow a user to access their computer remotely with special software. But in the hands of an accomplished hacker, Remote Desktop is the perfect way to compromise a computer.
Dangerous malicious code that the WannaCry virus has previously used a similar vulnerability to run over the web – jumps from computer to computer without any user input. If a new cyber weapon were to use remote desktop services, any computer with security errors could become a victim while spreading the virus to other systems.
This critical error was daunting because Microsoft would have to release patches for several of its oldest operating systems. This includes software that they no longer support, such as Windows XP and Windows 7.
This is a very clever move on its part, as XP and 7 are still used regularly throughout the world for administrative purposes. Occasionally, these types of systems are most vulnerable to safety damage from the safety fault.
How can I protect myself with this new security patch?
To get your hands on the new patch, you must visit the security blog published by Microsoft. It explains the threat in detail and contains instructions and links to update the operating system. For more information, click or click here to visit the blog post.
If you are on a newer version of Windows, such as Windows 8 or Windows 10, it is still worth updating your system for the latest patches and security fixes.
On Windows 8, open the screen by tapping the Windows button on the keyboard and clicking Store . Click the Update Windows button while in the store. From here you can download the latest update.
In Windows 10, you can update your system by navigating to Settings, and clicking Update and Security . In this menu, click Look for updates to see the latest patches available for your system.
When your operating system is properly patched, you should be good to go. In the meantime, you have to be extra careful about any mysterious links you get – or some programs you might be tempted to download!
Each of these may contain malicious code and just because you are protected from a security error does not mean that you are protected from others. Be skeptical, be careful and use your best judgment when browsing the web. Do this and your computer should continue for several years.
Massive Intel Security Errors Leave Millions of Computers Open to Attack, Update Your Now!
When a fault is detected in a computer component, the product with that part is now a major security risk. A curiosity was discovered in Intel chips found in millions of computers around the world. The threat is so bad that Intel urges anyone affected to update their system immediately. We have an overview of which systems are affected and how you can protect yourself against a crime against the worst case.
Point or click to see if you were affected.