Regardless of the device or software program you use, something needs to be updated. In the past two weeks alone, Apple, Windows, Mozilla, and Google have rolled out several updates. Even Zoom needs an update. And sooner or later.
Apple has released updates for Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, Safari, Apple TV, iTunes, and Mac. Some are important security updates to patch vulnerabilities that hackers may have used to break into phones and computers. If you still have iTunes on your Windows computer, Apple says a malicious image could allow hackers to remotely install executable code on the Windows computer.
You’ll know if your device needs an update by checking a red number above the settings app.
Google released an important update to its Chrome browser earlier this month. Android phones and devices need to be updated because of security concerns. Mozilla has released an update for its Firefox browser to patch 9 vulnerabilities. After that, white hat hackers discovered many more things. Firefox has another update to fix those security holes.
And if you use Zoom for video conferencing, make sure the software is up to date. The company says hackers can perform an attack on personal computers even if the computer owner doesn’t click on something. You will find the Zoom update by opening the program. If an update is available, it will be displayed at the top of the page.
While you’re at it, check for updates on other devices like Wi-Fi routers, security cameras, and smart TVs. I know getting updates is complicated, so if you can choose to automatically install updates, do it.