Here are some things you can investigate to obtain some practical examples of computer security at work in your life.
- Find out what your school’s policy is about updates. How do they make sure these happen? Do people get annoyed by them?
- What updates have happened, or are pending, on software on a computer that you use?
- What policies can you find about updates?
- Read patch notes or update notes for an app you use or game you play - what security gaps did they close? What new features did they introduce?
- Read through a security advisory for a software vulnerability (such as this one). How many people do you think this would impact? How important would this security fix be, considering what this software is used for?
- Check the devices in your household - do they have “automatic updates” turned on? Can you turn them on so you don’t have to do updates manually? What are the pros and cons of doing this?
- What is an “out-of-band” update? Why are out-of-band updates significant?