Staying safe

One of the things that I’ve always done is try to ensure that I’m running the latest and safest versions of any software that I have available to me. If I’m doing something and get a notification that there’s a update release, I’m all over it.

For a long time, I’ve been fascinated by the concept of malware and viruses and try to figure out what’s going on and perhaps even see inside the mind of the person(s) that are behind the development of it.

A real eye opener can come when you take a course on ethical hacking. If nothing else, it is a way to humbly recognize that there are limitations to whatever skills that you think that you might have. Staying up to date is a never ending battle and I doubt that we’ll ever get to a 100% safe environment – as long as we’re connected anyway.

There was a time when you had to concern yourself with the media that software was delivered on. Now, it all comes through your connections so you don’t even have that textile feel of software. It’s just there….

It’s kind of amazing when you think about the number of applications that you might have installed on your device. Then, you might have multiple devices and it just grows seemingly out of control.

Technologically, we’re getting better at being informed about the latest updates since we get our software typically through “stores” and often they’ll let us know when there are updates. Still, it’s a one by one process.

I don’t know how or why or why I didn’t suspect his but I found that the Government of Canada keeps track of things for us at the Alerts and Advisories site located here.

https://cyber.gc.ca/en/alerts-advisories

I had one of those illuminating moments when I first found this but then worked my way through it.

Instead of going from application to application, there’s a huge collection of information and updates available here.

Sometimes, I feel like I’m the last to find out about things like this but I have now and have tucked it away as a bookmark for my safe computing future.

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