As concerns grow over Russian cyberattacks, update your operating systems

As Russia continues to attack Ukraine, cybersecurity is a concern for many. The Russian ransomware group Conti warned nations to interfere with the invasion, and U.S. officials blamed Russia for cyberattacks against Ukrainian websites in February.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said that while there are no US-specific cyber threats at this time, cyberattacks can affect businesses large and small, as well as home offices. According to CISA, individuals and businesses can protect themselves and others by updating all devices and systems as soon as possible.

“Update the operating system of your cellphones, tablets, and laptops,” CISA wrote. “And also update your apps, especially web browsers, on all your devices.”

Updates often fix potential security vulnerabilities, and delaying these updates could expose you and your device to these flaws and to malicious actors ready to exploit them. CISA also advised to enable automatic updates on all your devices.

App updates can be relatively simple, especially since most manufacturers allow apps to automatically update in the background. Some people may want to wait to update their systems in case the update causes headaches. But waiting too long to update can leave your systems vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Before updating your system, it’s always a good idea to back up your data in case something goes wrong. Getting rid of bugs and fixing security vulnerabilities is the goal of many updates, but sometimes things just don’t work, so having a backup just in case ensures your data won’t be lost.

How to update your device

Device updates may take time, but updating your system regularly can reduce installation times. Here are some tips for updating Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows devices.

android

1. Make sure your Android device is connected to Wi-Fi and open Settings.

2. Faucet About the phone.

3. Faucet Check now for update. If an update is available, a Update will appear. Faucet Update if you see the button.

4. From there, depending on the operating system you have, you will see options for Install now, Reboot and install or a similar variation. Tap the option that applies to you and your Android will initiate the update.

iOS

1. Connect your iOS device to Wi-Fi and plug it into a power source.

2. Faucet Settings.

3. Faucet General.

4. Faucet Software updates.

5. If an update is available, tap Download and install. If your device is up to date, your device will show “iOS is up to date”.

macOS

1. Connect your Mac to Wi-Fi and plug it into a power source.

2. Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner and click System Preferences.

3. Click on Software update.

4. If an update is available, click Update now Where Update nowdepending on the macOS you have.

the Windows

1. Connect your Windows device to Wi-Fi and click Begin.

2. Click on Settings.

3. Click on Windows Update.

4. Click on Check for updates.

5. If an update is available, you will be given the option to install it.

To learn more about how to secure your data, read what digital security experts would like you to know about data privacy, which browser settings to change now to help protect your privacy, and the list of best software CNET antivirus.


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