Windows 10 users: Take a few moments and check that you’ve installed Microsoft’s August 2019 security updates on your PC. While you’ve probably already been prompted to update your system, it never hurts to double-check.
The latest Windows update fixes a long list of vulnerabilities found in current versions of Microsoft’s flagship OS. Most of them are minimal risks, thankfully, but the update addresses four severe exploits in Windows 10’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), two of which which are similar to the Bluekeep exploit that was discovered and patched out of older versions of Windows earlier this year.
Unlike the Bluekeep bug, these vulnerabilities are (slightly) less of a concern since the RDP feature is turned off by default on Windows 10. Still, if they’re even remotely as dangerous as Bluekeep — then you should make sure you’ve updated Windows right away.
You can check to see if your system has any pending updates by doing the following:
- Click on the Windows Start menu button (bottom left corner of screen)
- Click the Settings icon (looks like a Cog)
- Go to Update and Security > Windows Update or press the WINDOWS KEY+I > go to Windows Update
- Click on the Check for updates button and let it check for updates
- You’ll see “Updates available” if there’s a new ones waiting to be installed
- Click “Download” to begin the process if it doesn’t start Automatically on finding updates, but remember you’ll need to also reboot your PC and wait for the updates to be applied in order for them to take effect.