Microsoft and Adobe have released security updates to protect products used on personal computers and devices such as smartphones and tablets.

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13 July 2016

Microsoft and Adobe have released security updates to protect products used on personal computers and devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Security updates close vulnerabilities in computer systems that remote attackers can otherwise use to gain access to systems or information (such as online banking details) on the device. 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 users activity on a computer and stop systems operating properly.

Stay Smart Online recommends that where technology companies enable you to automatically apply security updates when they become available, you do so. Information on automating updates is available here. Automatic updates minimise the risk of you delaying or forgetting to apply an update, and restrict the ability of attackers to gain access to 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.

Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in widely used products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. You are advised to review the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2016 and apply the necessary updates.

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Flash Player, Acrobat, Reader, and XMP Toolkit for Java. You are advised to follow the instructions to apply the necessary updates.

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.