Posted by: on February 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm

caution - run your updates

Just run it.

Do you avoid running security updates? If you always ignore that pesky “Update and Shutdown” notification when you put your computer in sleep mode, we’re trying to change your mind.

Sure, you have active browser tabs with Very Important Information on them. Yes, you have that one file that you can never find again so you keep it open all the time. We get it. People have their own work styles, and you get things done in the way that works for you.

What won’t work for you, at least not for very long, is ignoring security updates. (This goes for browsers and mobile OS as well.)

We’ve seen so many weird new threats recently. Here are just a couple:

  • An Adobe flaw that can allow your computer to be infected by visiting a web site, because of the font that was used. (A font!)
  • An Android weakness that can allow someone to take over your phone. The virus is delivered via text message — before you even know you have the message.

The thing is, there always will be some new, weird threat out there. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to be sure you’re running the most current version of things like Windows, Flash, and mobile OS.

Think about this: if there was a recall notice for your car or your baby’s crib, would you just ignore it as an unnecessary nuisance?

If you want some tips for easy access your favorite web sites or files, we can help. Just give us a call.

Please don’t argue or make excuses; run your updates!

A Special Note For Cloud Users: If you’re accessing your work files via Citrix or another remote session, you still need to run your Windows updates on your local desktop or other devices! Call if you need help.

This article originally ran in our August 2015 print newsletter. It has been slightly modified and updated.

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