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Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and WordPress provide updates to address security flaws

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14 September 2016

Microsoft, Adobe and Apple have released security updates for products used on computers, smartphones, tablets and other systems including smartwatches.

Security updates address vulnerabilities in systems that remote attackers can otherwise use to gain access to devices, or information such as online banking details. A vulnerability is a weakness that can leave a device 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 users' activity on a computer and stop systems operating properly.

Stay Smart Online recommends that, wherever possible, you enable functions that allow security updates to be automatically applied when they become available. Information on automating updates is available here. Automatic updates minimise the risk of you delaying or forgetting to apply an update, and help restrict the ability of attackers to gain control of your computer and sensitive personal and financial data.

If you choose not to install updates automatically, you should review the information below to see if any products you use are affected. If they are affected, you should manually install the updates as soon as possible to minimise the risk of being attacked.

Apple has issued advice and released security updates for watchOS, Xcode and iOS. You are advised to review the Apple advisories and apply the necessary updates.

Microsoft has released its monthly aggregated update for a range of widely used software products, including Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. You are advised to review the Microsoft Security Bulletin for September 2016 and apply the necessary updates. 

Adobe has released bulletins describing security updates to address vulnerabilities in Flash Player, Digital Editions and Air SDK & Compiler software. You are advised to read the Adobe Security Bulletins and follow the instructions to apply the necessary updates.

Popular web and blogging platform WordPress has also advised users to update as soon as possible to the newly released version 4.6.1 which addresses several vulnerabilities.

More information

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.