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Auto-updates : Why we need to stay updated all the time

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Auto-updates; the question is often asked why we need to stay updated all the time ?

The answer is very simple and straight forward.

The war between the developers and the exploiters from the dark world seems never to end. And it is most intense on the development of safe operating systems, high-value software and browsers. When a particular software or application seems strong enough not to be breached by miscreants, we come to know that hackers are onto a vulnerability of the same programme we did not think of while its development. That’s is why there are so many updates often and it never seems to end. This cycle goes on and on.

Recently this happened again with Chrome Browser and Windows and brought forward by Google itself.On Mar 07, 2019, Google reported about a vulnerability in their Chrome browser and Microsoft operating system (Windows) that hackers can exploit to gain access to the user’s system where both are being used on a system simultaneously.

But you need to panic as this vulnerability is already patched up in the most recent version of Chrome and Windows. Google released this update for all Chrome platforms on March 1 and this update was pushed for those who have kept their Chrome browser on auto-update.

That is where the value of auto updates is emphasised. An updated browser keeps your online activities safe. If you are using Google Chrome, make sure that your Chrome latest version as on today is 72.0.3626.121 or later. Checking your browser version is very simple and doesn’t require your coding skill. This is how you can check your version of Chrome browser:

  1. Go to Menu.
  2. Click at help
  3. Click at ‘About Google Chrome’.
    That is where the version of your Google Chrome browser is clearly mentioned.

For the Microsoft part; Windows 7 is the Operating System which is most vulnerable to this exploitation due to the non-availability of support. Windows 7 is already 9 years old and its 32-bit version is hardly supported by Microsoft. Even though the vulnerability in its higher versions of Operating systems have been made relatively safe in recent time by updating with exploit mitigations, Google kept mum if the newer versions of Windows are not affected from this vulnerability. Chances are that; newer versions like Windows 10 are very likely secure, at least in comparison to Windows 7.

These days almost all hardware use 64-bit version of Microsoft Operating System. Since Windows 10 is the safest bet on Microsoft OS, you should update your Windows Operating System to Windows 10 due to the support available to it from Microsoft.

Even though I have the serious reservation from Microsoft Windows 10 for the weirdness of its navigation and ease, I will still go with it due to the same reason of vulnerability in Microsoft’s older OS. I loved Windows 7. It was a masterpiece and so easy to work on. But the Operating systems following Windows 7 seem to be something I find myself lost into. Windows 10 is horrible honestly.
So despite the ease of operation, I am adopting Windows 10 over Windows 7. It is always staying safe than sorry.

You too must upgrade yourself. Not just from Windows 7 to Windows 10 but in terms of the auto update also. Use legitimate Windows copy of the operating system, keep your auto update on and your job is half done. Add to this your vigilance your online journey will remain safe.

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