5) Duh. Patch.

Much
as we like to blame cybercriminals or unscrupulous merchants, much of the
responsibility for security is in our hands. In particular: we’re
responsible for the security of our computers and mobile devices. That’s
especially true when we’re planning to use those systems to go shopping online,
banking online or to transact other sensitive personal or financial business. Still,
consumers and even businesses are often slow to apply patches for core Windows
components, browsers and tools like Java, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash.

Much
as we like to blame cybercriminals or unscrupulous merchants, much of the
responsibility for security is in our hands. In particular: we’re
responsible for the security of our computers and mobile devices. That’s
especially true when we’re planning to use those systems to go shopping online,
banking online or to transact other sensitive personal or financial business. Still,
consumers and even businesses are often slow to apply patches for core Windows
components, browsers and tools like Java, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash. Like
putting on a raincoat before going out in a storm, online shoppers need should venture into the virtual marketplace with their operating system, browser and core
applications running the latest security updates from the appropriate vendors.

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