Every month, major companies like Microsoft Windows, Apple, Adobe, and Chrome/Firefox create patches and updates. Patches and updates are modifications from the vendors to fix issues found in their software. You must update your computer with these patches. If you don't, hackers can take advantage of the vulnerabilities and access your computer or private information. Not updating your computer could result in losing your identity, personal security, or even money if hacked on an unpatched computer. Cyber-attacks are evolving every day, increasing the threats of exposing private information that could damage your personal and financial identity. American 1 is dedicated to protecting you by keeping you up to date on security updates. By staying informed, you can take the necessary steps to keep your information safe and private.
This month, Microsoft rolled out several security patches in their Patch Tuesday updates. Out of the 55 patches, four were Critical, and 50 important, and only one was Moderate. One of the most noteworthy patches fixes a recently discovered security flaw with IEEE. 802.ll Wi-Fi security protocols. This flaw was dubbed "FragAttacks" and affected most, if not all, Wi-Fi devices. FragAttacks happen when the attacker is within the radio range of its victim. Upon successful exploitation, the attacker can steal sensitive information or gain access to the device.
Be sure to let your Microsoft Windows devices run updates this month to mitigate these vulnerabilities. To check for available updates on your Windows computers, search for "check for updates" in the Windows search bar on the desktop.
Adobe released a 0-day security patch with their monthly updates as well. They reported that this flaw is exploiting actively in the wild. If you run any Adobe product, it is highly encouraged to run the available updates. This flaw affects both Windows and macOS Adobe users.