MCC Daily Tribune Archive

Failing to Patch or Update Devices

If your computer seems to be working fine, you may wonder why you should apply a patch. When you browse the internet, viruses, malware and rootkits are always on the search for security holes to exploit and gain entry to your personal data.

While the best anti-virus software will help to prevent this from happening it is still necessary to apply the recommended updates to your software.  By not applying a patch you might be leaving the door open for malware (malicious software).  Malware exploits flaws in a system.  Software patches serve a very important role with the purpose to quickly push out fixes to secure holes, add newer or more secure features, remove old and unprotected features or update drivers to increase software efficiency.  All-in-all, it helps to create a safe computer environment.

At MCC, ETS pushes patches to your office PC once a week depending on the critical nature of the patch.  On your home PC it is up to you to perform the updates.  To configure automatic updates on a Windows 7 PC:

·         Go to Start > Control Panel > System and Security.

·         Click on Windows Update.

·         Click on Change settings.

·         Set drop menu to Install updates automatically (recommended) and choose the frequency and time of day you wish the update to take place

Note: Microsoft is ending automatic update support for Windows XP as of April 8, 2014.  This will leave all PCs running Window XP vulnerable to security risks and viruses.  I urge you to upgrade your home PC OS to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.  All PCs at MCC should be running Windows 7.  If you have a PC or know of a PC on campus that is running Windows XP, please notify the CNS Technology Support Center @ x8324 to schedule an upgrade.

It’s just as important to update all your mobile devices’ operating systems and all your applications (apps).  Prior to installing a new app, check the ratings and comments to be aware of what the app does and what information it may access on your mobile device.  Be aware that malware and fraudulent applications exist. Only download mobile applications from authorized application stores like the Apple App Store or the Android Market.

This cyber-security tip is brought to you by the ETS: Cyber Security Awareness Program.

Donna Pogroszewski
Communications and Network Services