Did you know that the most common way cybercriminals get into a network is through loopholes in popular software, applications, and programs?
Despite how advanced modern software is, it is still designed by humans, and the fact is that humans make mistakes. Due to this, much of the software you rely on to get work done every day could have flaws — or “exploits” — that leave you vulnerable to security breaches.
Many of the most common malware and viruses used by cybercriminals today are based on exploiting those programming flaws; to address this, developers regularly release software patches and updates to fix those flaws and protect the users.
This is why it’s imperative that you keep your applications and systems up to date – everything from your firewalls to your antivirus software needs to be kept up to date.
Why? Check out this video to learn more about patching, firewalls, and antivirus software:
Unfortunately, most users find updates to be tedious and time-consuming and often opt to just click “Remind Me Later” instead of sitting through an often-inconvenient update process.
If your systems are not patched, that’s like leaving all of your sensitive documents in an unlocked car accessible to anyone willing to check if the door is open.
You can install patches manually, via a regularly scheduled task. Or you can set up your systems to automatically install patches whenever the manufacturer releases them.
Another tool for protecting your network is the use of anti-virus software, which continuously scans your systems looking for malicious programs such as a virus or worm.
You also need to make sure you have a viable firewall in place. A firewall is a set of rules that block or allow connections to your environment. Firewalls shield your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary network traffic.
By regularly patching your software, using anti-virus software, and using a firewall, you now have multiple layers of protection. This doesn’t mean your computers will be safe from every type of threat, but it is a solid starting point in enhancing your cybersecurity.