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You need to lock your Windows PC down NOW – Microsoft warns you could be hacked

MICROSOFT has released fixes for at least 116 Windows security flaws and users are advised to update immediately.

Four of the vulnerabilities are known to be under attack by hackers and more could be actively exploited.

Users are advised to update their Windows PC now


Users are advised to update their Windows PC nowCredit: Getty – Contributor

Of the 116 flaws addressed with Microsoft’s July Patch Tuesday release, 13 were labelled “critical”.

This means they could be exploited by malware or hackers trying to take over your computer.

Remote control could be taken from your device without you doing anyhting.

“Exploitation could result in compromise of the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of user data”

The other 103 security flaws were labelled as “important”.

Microsoft gives this rating to vulnerabilities “whose exploitation could result in compromise of the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of user data, or of the integrity or availability of processing resources.”

One of the “critical” bugs was given a 9.8 out of 10 severity rating.

The dangerous CVE-2021-34494 bug affects the Windows DNS Server.

Fixes have also been created for problems in Microsoft Office, Bing and Internet Explorer to name a few.

Windows can update automatically but if you want to be sure your PC has updated you can follow the steps below.

It’s a good idea to backup your system or important files before you force an update.

How to update Windows 10?

Follow these quick steps…

To make sure your Windows 10 is update you first need to click on the Start button in the bottom left corner.

The click on Settings and then the Updates and Security icon.

Here you should be able to select Windows Update.

You’ll then be given the option to check for updates and if there is one available it should download automatically.

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In other news, nine apps have had to be removed from the Google Play Store after they were caught stealing Facebook passwords.

Facebook is facing backlash in the US over plans to create a version of Instagram for children under 13.

And, influencers who don’t clearly state if they’ve edited photos which are advertisements could be fined or imprisoned in Norway due to a new law.

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