Cyber security: is your browser up to date?

Posted on: 27 September 2017

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The risks of cyber-attacks are increasingly becoming debilitating to businesses in the growing digital age. In May, the 'WannaCry' ransomware case affected hundreds of thousands of machines across the globe and severely limited the NHS for a number of days – a number of companies are still impacted months later. Loss of customer data is just one risk posed by a cyber-attack. But it’s by no means the only risk, other risks include business interruption, as well as considerable reputational and actual damages.

New vulnerabilities in software and new ways to attack systems are being identified on a daily basis, so its important companies keep their systems up to date to protect against these emerging threats.

For example, if you’re using an older, unsupported version of, say Windows XP and Internet Explorer, this means Microsoft (who make Internet Explorer) don’t make updates for the version anymore. When this happens, anyone still using it is left increasingly vulnerable to a cyber-attack because there’s no one at Microsoft providing fixes for newly identified weaknesses.

People will need to update their computers to a newer version of their web browser, in order to make sure their data continues to be protected.

Upgrading your browser is usually a straightforward process. In most instances, search for the name of your browser, and near the top of results will be a website to download the latest version. Where an older operating system is being used, such as Windows XP, then the upgrade required may be more complicated.