On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases patches and updates to Windows users to fix bugs, errors and security. Last Update Tuesday was one of the biggest on record because Oracle and Adobe decided to release some serious fixes, too.
Today's slew of updates is shaping up to be urgent as well, because Microsoft is releasing five critical updates that can affect the security of your PC.
So far, Microsoft has announced 16 total updates for Microsoft Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. Four of the five critical updates deal with remote code execution security flaws that could allow hackers to break into your computer remotely without a password.
The fifth critical update fixes an elevation of privilege error on some Windows platforms. That's a security risk because it could give someone more access to your computer or network than they're approved for.
The rest of the updates are listed as important or moderate, not critical. Many of them also fix elevation of privilege problems and other minor security flaws.
In order to keep your computer safe, you need to make sure you get these updates today.