If you’re running Windows 10, you will want to make sure that you’ve installed the latest update from Microsoft.
Not only does it contain fixes for more than 100 security flaws, but also a number of crucial patches that can prevent hackers from accessing your machine and installing software behind your back.
Microsoft has pushed out its latest Patch Tuesday – the monthly supply drop of patches and updates to keep Windows users across the globe shielded against the latest threats or newly uncovered bugs.
The April edition of Patch Tuesday, which first started to roll out Tuesday April 14 in Redmond, Washington, includes patches for four flaws in Windows 10 that are already being exploited by crooks.
One of these flaws targets the font code in Windows 10.
According to Microsoft, there are multiple ways that an attacker could exploit this worrying vulnerability, such as convincing a user to open a specially crafted document – sent by email, or using a messaging app like WhatsApp.
Viewing a document in the Windows Preview pane – without every launching the file – could also trigger the exploit and open-up your machine to hackers.
For systems running Windows 10, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If your computer is running on your home Wi-Fi network that could have severe consequences.
To install the latest Windows security updates, you’ll need to head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check For Updates On Your PC. Or if you’d rather have a little more control, you can choose to manually install the patches onto your machine.
If you’re using a work machine, you may want to contact your System Administrator to approve the installation of these new security fixes.