Americans around the world are celebrating Thanksgiving today.
That means they will be getting together with family members, gorging themselves on turkey and pumpkin pie, and doubtless – at some point during the proceedings – finding themselves troubleshooting creaky old PCs running Windows XP.
If you have a technical bent, do you friends and family a favour and take the opportunity to make sure that your loved ones computers are running the latest anti-virus software and are properly patched and configured to reduce the chances of infection.
And yes, if at all possible, use the opportunity to switch them from Windows XP and to chuck out any copies of Internet Explorer 6 which are still lurking about.
You’ll be doing them a favour, and you’ll not only earn their thanks but the gratitude of the rest of the internet community who can be impacted by hijacked PCs.
And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, that’s fine. Don’t wait too long before finding an excuse to visit the less nerdy members of your family, and doing them a similar favour.
Best wishes to all our readers.
How have you helped your family’s computer security at Thanksgiving? Were you horrified by the security of your loved one’s PC? Leave a comment below and share your experiences.