#WeekendWisdom 095 Why Updates are Important

Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 95. This week we’re going to talk about why updates are important.

This sounds familiar

Waaaay back in the early days of the #WeekendWisdom series, back at number 3, I talked about updates. I’ll have a link to that video somewhere on the social media post associated with this video.

The events of the last week has brought it back to me that this really is an important topic that we all need to be aware of.

What happened this last week?

Apple, earlier this week, released updates to its iPhones and Mac computers and watches that plugged a vulnerability which was being exploited by a surveillance software maker which literally all they had to do if they wanted to take control of somebody’s iPhone we’ll say, all they need to do is send a message to that phone and just when the phone receives the message, they now have control of it. The user of the phone did not have to do anything. So that’s pretty scary.

Also there was the vulnerability that I talked about in last week’s #WeekendWisdom. Microsoft have issued updates for that this week. So again, it’s really critical that if you have updates waiting on your Windows computer to apply them.

This is the reason why updates are important

You see the problem here is that when the likes of Apple or Microsoft issue updates, criminals go and take those updates, they look at them and they find out what exactly has been fixed in Windows or in the iPhones or whatever. Then they can figure out how they can exploit that, that vulnerability that was there that was fixed. If people don’t do the updates, the criminals can now exploit them, for those people who don’t, because there are quite a lot of people who don’t apply updates.

But it’s really important that you do.

So that’s it for this week. Lets be careful out there and we’ll talk to you again next week.

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