Let your operating system protect you
Your operating system (OS) manages all functionality on your computer. Just like your security software, firewall and browser, it can be a vulnerable weak spot targeted by hackers if it isn't kept up-to-date.
Here are some tips on how to maximize your OS security updates:
- Try to keep your OS updated with the newest version.
- Your OS has many security features built-in. The OS manufacturer will release regular updates called ‘patches' or ‘fixes' to constantly upgrade and improve security.
- Make sure you enable automatic updates on your OS so your device will automatically download and install these fixes as soon as they're available.
- If your OS asks you to take action or download a fix manually, do it – your OS can't protect you if you don't empower it properly.
Updating your OS when you're prompted is one of the simplest things you can do to protect your computer. After all, it's easier to allow an update than to have to reinstall your operating system.
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