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Microsoft has just released patches for 97 flaws, including an active ransomware exploit that can significantly threaten unpatched systems. It is crucial to understand the risks of not updating your software, and here are some steps to help you stay safe.

What is a Ransomware Exploit?

A ransomware exploit is a type of malware that encrypts your files and demands payment in exchange for the decryption key. The latest exploit can target unpatched systems and cause significant damage to personal or business data. This is why updating your software as soon as possible is crucial.

Steps to Update Your System

Updating your system is essential to securing your device from potential threats. Here are some simple steps to follow to ensure that your system is up-to-date:

  • Go to your computer’s Control Panel
  • Click on “Windows Update”
  • Click on “Check for Updates”
  • If updates are available, click on “Install Updates”
  • Restart your computer once updates are installed

What are the Risks of Not Updating?

Not updating your software puts you at risk of being vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cybercriminals are always looking for unpatched systems to exploit, and they can quickly take advantage of the vulnerabilities in your software to steal sensitive data, install malware, or conduct other nefarious activities.

It’s important to note that the risks of not updating are not limited to ransomware exploits. Unpatched software can also leave you vulnerable to other types of cyber attacks, such as phishing scams, data breaches, and identity theft.

Stay Protected

To stay protected from potential cyber-attacks, updating your software regularly is essential. You can also take additional steps to protect yourself, such as:

  • Installing antivirus software
  • Using strong and unique passwords
  • Avoiding suspicious emails or links
  • Backing up your data regularly

In conclusion, the recent ransomware exploit is just one example of today’s many cyber threats. You can protect yourself and your devices from potential attacks by taking the necessary steps to update your software and follow good cybersecurity practices. If you are unsure about how to update your system or have concerns about your online security, contact our privacy care team for advice and guidance through the in-app contact options in the Incognito app.

All the best,

Max Roberts,
Incognito Privacy Care Team