Software writers release updates to patch or fix
vulnerabilities, flaws, and weaknesses (bugs) in their software.
Because intruders can
exploit these bugs to attack your computer, keeping your software updated is
important to help prevent infection.
One of the ways
Conficker (a very nasty and destructive virus) attacked computers was by
exploiting vulnerabilities in Windows systems. Microsoft provided an update for
this vulnerability. If people would have applied the update in a timely manner,
they would have eliminated the opportunity for Conficker to infect their computers
through this vulnerability and helped reduce the spread of further Conficker
infections across the Internet.
If you're setting up a new computer, go to your
software vendors’ websites and check for software updates. Install all of the available
updates. Then make sure you enable automatic updates if your vendors offer it. That will ensure your software is always updated, and you won’t have to
remember to do it yourself.
Many operating systems and software have options
for automatic updates. As you’re setting up your new computer, be sure to enable
these options if they are offered. Be cautious, however, because intruders can
set up malicious websites that look nearly identical to legitimate sites. Only
download software updates directly from a vendor’s website, from a reputable
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