Do you use Microsoft's hugely popular Windows 10 operating system? It's installed on nearly half a billion devices, so there's a really good chance you do.
If so, you've probably heard about its widely praised efforts to be one of the most secure operating systems in the world. That's critically important to you since cybercrime has become so commonplace.
It seems every day we're telling you about hackers putting people's lives at risk with malware attacks. We recently told you how much of Europe's computer systems were shut down, including hospital systems, by a ransomware attack that put people's lives in danger.
Microsoft, to its credit, has made huge advances on security with Windows 10. That includes the new Windows 10 S. If you aren't using 10 S, there's a good chance the younger adults in your family are using it, or are thinking about getting it.
Warning! Although Windows 10 S is designed to be virtually impossible to hack, a cybersecurity expert just hacked it. Worse, it took him only three hours.
Here's a little background. Windows 10 S is pre-installed on laptops like Microsoft's Surface Laptop. It's a streamlined operating system that is designed to be secure.
That includes giving users access to only software programs that Microsoft has rigorously screened. You can download apps only from the Windows Store.
There's another level of security. Users like you, in theory, can't gain administrative level access to your laptop. That means you can't go in and tweak software programs. Hackers often use admin-level functions like Command Prompt and PowerShell to install malware onto your computer.
Unfortunately, a cybersecurity expert just hacked Windows 10 S and proved he can install ransomware on it. You'll be shocked how he used Microsoft Word to do it!