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Microsoft and Adobe release security updates

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11 January 2017

Adobe and Microsoft have released security updates to address vulnerabilities in their software products. You should apply these updates as soon as possible to minimise risk to your computers and information.

Microsoft has issued its Security Bulletin Summary for January 2017 that details updates to address four vulnerabilities. The vulnerabilities listed feature in products such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Edge.

Adobe has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat, Reader and Flash Player. According to the vendor, the updates address critical vulnerabilities 'that could potentially 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 in a number of ways, including through malicious software (malware). Malware can include viruses and spyware that can monitor a users' 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.