Leaked NSA Malware Reminds Us to Keep Windows Up-to-Date
Last week, a group calling themselves the ShadowBrokers
leaked malware that was used by the NSA to target computers running Windows
. It was a striking data dump that potentially put millions of Windows users at risk. Luckily, Microsoft says they've already patched the vulnerabilities.
The Intercept confirmed the authenticity
There are a few takeaways from all this. Of course, it's still surprising to be reminded of the NSA's capabilities, and it's surprising that Microsoft patched some of the vulnerabilities just weeks before this leak. But for the average person running Windows, the main lesson here is that you should keep your software up to date. People complain that Windows is constantly pestering you to update but it's for good reason. Those
Just install the dang updates.
This is also why you shouldn't use software that is no longer supported,
like Windows Vista
. When Microsoft says they no longer "support" something, that means they won't be issuing any more updates to that software. That leaves you in the lurch if any new
So keep yourself protected, don't use completely outdated software, and let Windows update itself.