Word Vulnerability threatens computers running Windows 10.
Windows 10 is becoming more secure, but it is still an operating system completely plagued with problems. New bugs are constantly being discovered that endanger user safety. The latter makes them vulnerable to any computer with Microsoft Word.
When we say that any computer is susceptible to being controlled by a hacker we refer literally to anyone. If you have Windows 10 and a version of Microsoft Word, whatever, you’re in danger. You cannot do anything to protect yourself completely.
This vulnerability Zero Day has been discovered by McAfee and even affects PCs with updated W10 with all the security patches available today. Microsoft simply does not seem to have hit the key when it comes to curbing the spread of malware through Word.
The way this exploit takes advantage of the naivety of some users. If you receive a Word document by email, do not open it, especially if you do not know the sender. Especially if it is an RTF file with a .doc extension at the end of the name. Inside contains a code that immediately sends a request to download several malicious files.
What is an exploit and what can you do to protect yourself
Zero Day Exploit are known to take advantage of software programming errors to gain control of the system. They grant themselves administrator privileges to do and undo as they please within a computer or mobile. Today they are the main computer threat in the world, over viruses, spyware, Trojans and other types of malicious programs.
Microsoft is already working on an imminent security patch but has not yet been released. To protect you, it is recommended to exercise extreme caution when opening suspicious emails. You can also temporarily change to some of the free alternatives to Word, such as Google Docs and LibreOffice.
They are not infallible but can keep you safe from most threats
The popularity of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office makes them a very appetizing goal. In addition, the inexperience of many of its users makes it easy for crackers to trick them into downloading malware to their PC. It is the same reason why this type of virus grows in MacOS more than in any other system.
On the other hand, due to the operation and the type of user, Linux remains a safe haven against vulnerabilities and malware of all kinds. Making the jump to this operating system may be difficult at first, although thanks to some distributions that mimic Windows the transition does not have to be painful.