In a new sense of security alarm Microsoft has announced that the company has just released an emergency security update for all Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices.
Here’s why they did and why you should update your device now.
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What caused the emergency update?
The reason for this emergency update is that Microsoft found a serious problem hidden in the Snipping Tool feature on Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. The issue is known as the Acropalypse vulnerability or CVE-2023-28303 and means that image editors did not properly remove cropped image data when overwriting the original file.
Let’s say you have an image that you want to upload to a public platform like Facebook, but your kids are in the background and you want to crop their faces. You would expect the cropped data to be completely removed from the newly saved image.
However, the Acropalypse vulnerability allows both the Windows Snipping Tool and the Google Pixel Markup Tool to leave the cropped data in the original file, meaning that hackers could access this data if they got their hands on it. The number of images affected by this error can be as high as 4,000 or more.
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What is Microsoft doing to fix this?
Microsoft has since released emergency security updates for both Windows 10 Snip & Sketch and Windows 11 Snipping Tool programs that aim to fix this major problem. Once the update is installed, the Windows 11 Snipping Tool will be version 11.2302.20.0 and Windows 10 Snip & Sketch will be version 10.2008.3001.0. The company continues to closely monitor this vulnerability; However, the threat is currently assessed as low.
For now, the company recommends all Windows 10 and Windows 11 users to update their devices immediately so that they can install this latest version of Snipping Tool.
How to update your Windows device
- open that Microsoft store
- Click library
- Click get updates. This will automatically install the update
And always remember to check your devices regularly for more updates.
How to check for more updates on a Windows 10 device
- Go to begin
- Click Ideas
- Choose Updates & Security
- Click windows update
- Click Download and install
How to check for more updates on a Windows 11 device
- Go to begin
- Click Ideas
- Choose windows update
- Click Check for updates
- Choose Download and install now
Are there other measures I should take to protect myself?
One thing you can do now is to remove any images that you previously cropped and posted publicly and avoid posting other images that you previously cropped prior to the release of this new update.
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Speaking of security, if you don’t already have antivirus protection on your devices, now is a good reminder to do so. Installing antivirus software can provide an additional layer of protection for your device beyond Microsoft’s Emergency Security Update. While security updates from Microsoft are important and should be installed promptly, antivirus software can help detect and prevent various types of malware and cyber threats, including those that the security update may not address.
Antivirus software will protects you from accidentally clicking malicious links and removes any malware from your devices. See my expert review of the Best antivirus protection for your Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices search ‘Preferably Antivirus” on CyberGuy.com by clicking the magnifying glass icon at the top of my website.
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Have you updated your Microsoft programs yet?
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