We often tell you about hackers exploiting vulnerabilities. But what does that mean?
Hackers dig through millions of lines of coding, looking for little mistakes or holes that the developer overlooked. These vulnerabilities are nearly invisible entryways, where hackers can infect your computer with malware, so they can take it over and steal your information, or demand ransom.
So, how can you patch up these holes? Companies like Microsoft often find vulnerabilities and issue patches, which are sometimes automatically updated on your computer. Another fix is called WIGI.
Once you download WIGI, just open it, then click on Scan. It'll list out the software programs you've got that are up to date, and the ones that are outdated.
You should update the outdated programs, if you want to keep them. However, if you have a program like Adobe Flash that's loaded with vulnerabilities, just delete the program.
Note: To uninstall a program in Windows 10: Start >> All Apps >> right-click on the program >> Uninstall. For older versions of Windows: Start >> Control Panel >> Programs >> Uninstall a Program. Highlight the program, then Uninstall.
To get WIGI, click on the blue link below >> green Download button. When it's finished, open the executable file, then follow the installation instructions. Note: Download .NET, if you're prompted to do that.