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Update Microsoft and Adobe products to reduce security risks

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12 October 2016

Microsoft and Adobe have released updates for their widely used software products that include fixes for a range of security vulnerabilities.

Microsoft has issued its Security Bulletin Summary for October 2016 that incorporates advice about vulnerabilities affecting products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Skype for Business and Microsoft Lync.

Adobe has released advisories regarding updates to address vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and the Creative Cloud Desktop Application for Windows.

We recommend you review these bulletins and advisories and apply the updates as soon as possible.

Security updates address vulnerabilities in computer 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 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, 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.

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.