Updating your operating system can be a pain in the neck. The new software can be buggy at first, some of your old programs may be loose compatibility, and worst of all, your computer might be out of commission for hours. It's no wonder that so many people still come to work. As the saying goes: "If it is not broke, do not fix it."
Windows computer with out-of-date software.
This vulnerability can spell disaster for personal data and, if left untouched, could spread across the internet.
Thankfully, Microsoft has released a patch for its oldest, most vulnerable operating system – and it's advising users to update as soon as possible. If Microsoft can successfully overcome this vulnerability, millions of computers throughout the world could be saved from compromise. Here's what you need to know about the Terminal Services security flaw, and what you can do to protect your own system.
Is my system affected by the latest Windows vulnerability?
Remote Desktop Services or Terminal Services. A remote desktop service or terminal service is being used.
Normally, these features allow a PC to remotely with special software. But in the hands of an accomplished hacker, Remote Desktop is the perfect entryway to compromise a computer.
Dangerous malware like the WannaCry virus has been found to be vulnerable to rampage across the web. Remote Desktop Services, any computer with the security flaw could fall victim while spreading the virus to other systems.
This critical flaw was scary enough to prompt Microsoft to release patches for several of its oldest operating systems. This software does not support you any longer than Windows XP and Windows 7.
This is a very smart move on its part, as XP and 7 are used throughout the world for administrative purposes. Coincidentally, these are the kinds of systems that are most at-risk for collateral damage from the security flaw.
How can I protect myself with this new security patch?
In order to get your hands on the new patch, you will need to visit Microsoft. It explains the threat in detail, and contains instructions for updating your operating system. For more information, you can click here.
If you're new to Windows, search Windows 8 or Windows 10, it's still worth updating your system for the latest patches and security fixes.
On Windows 8, open the begin screen by pressing the Windows button on your keyboard and click on Store, Click on the Update Windows button once you're inside the store. From here, you'll be able to download the latest update.
On Windows 10, you can update your system by navigating to Settings and click on Update & Security, In this menu, you can click Check for updates to see the latest patches available for your system.
Once your operating system is properly patched, you should be good to go. In the meantime, be extra cautious about any mysterious links you receive – or any programs you may have tempted to download!
Any one of these might contain malware, and just because they are not protected. Be skeptical, be cautious, and use your best judgment when browsing online. Do this, and your computer should continue to work for you.
Massive Intel security flaw leaves millions of PCs open to attack, update yours now!
When a flaw is discovered in a computer component, it is now a major security risk. A recent flaw was discovered in Intel chips found in millions of computers around the world. The threat is so bad that Intel is urgent. We have the rundown on which systems are affected, and how you can protect yourself from a worst-case scenario breach.
Tap or click to see if you were affected.