The importance of patching

You don’t need me to remind you, dear reader, of the importance of keeping your computer up to date. Regular patching and anti-virus/anti-spyware updates have never been more important. But even this cannot protect you 100% from the most determined hacker. As The Register reports, in the three day Pwn2Own contest in Vancouver, a two man team of white hats eventually managed to uncover a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that allowed them to compromise a MacBook Pro computer, then a Windows Vista computer. The team ran out of time to run the hack on a Linux machine but said afterwards that their exploit would also work on OS X and Linux boxes.

The moral of the story is, as always, hidden at the end of The Register’s article: "exploits like this are a fact of life for everyone no matter what kind of machine they chose."

So, for the best chance of staying safe, check your computer is up to date now!