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Apply Microsoft and Adobe security updates to stay safe

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15 March 2017

Microsoft and Adobe have released updates to address vulnerabilities in widely used software products. You are advised to apply these as soon as possible to minimise risk to your computers and information.

Microsoft has issued security bulletins for well-known products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and Skype for Business. Several vulnerabilities listed are ranked 'critical' and potentially allow an attacker to gain control of an affected system.

Adobe has issued security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS and Shockwave Player for Windows. The vulnerabilities addressed in the Adobe Flash Player update could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.

You are advised to review security bulletins and advisories from any vendor you use and apply their updates as soon as possible. Many vendors allow you to automate the process of updating their software.

Security updates address vulnerabilities in computer systems that attackers can otherwise use to gain access to systems or information.

A vulnerability is a weakness that can leave a computer and its systems open to attack. Attacks can be carried out a number of ways, including through malicious software (malware) such as viruses and spyware that can monitor a user's activity on a computer and stop systems operating properly.

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Stay Smart Online has information on automating updates.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.