With a permanent broadband Internet connection, it pays to keep updated
with the latest security alerts, bug fixes and patches.
Firewalls and up-to-date virus protection software can eliminate many
of the security concerns associated with broadband connections. However,
your computer's operating system and applications may contain some 'holes'
or 'bugs' that a hacker can potentially exploit.
Software developers such as Microsoft only release products after they
are happy they have been tested to the best of their abilities. Once the
software is in use, however, 'holes', flaws or bugs are found that can
be used by the determined-minded to gain access to computer systems.
You should constantly monitor your computer for any
unexpected behaviour such as not loading some programs or rebooting for
no apparent reason. This could be an early warning that your computer
has been compromised. Prevention is better than cure. It is therefore
of critical importance to be aware of new software patches and fixes for
your operating system and software and ensure that new patches are instantly
installed on your computers.
Software patches resources
Microsoft Bulletin Site
Microsoft's Bulletin site lets you download the latest patches and upgrades for Microsoft operating systems.