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Update widely-used software to minimise risk

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High
14 December 2016

Adobe, Apple and Microsoft have issued updates to address vulnerabilities in software used on the computers and mobile devices owned by many Australians.

Microsoft has released its Security Bulletin Summary for December 2016, which details updates issued for December and the risks that they address. The company has issued 12 updates addressing vulnerabilities in products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office.

Apple has issued updates to address vulnerabilities in tvOS and iOS, while Adobe has released updates for a range of products including Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Digital Editions and Adobe InDesign.

You are advised to review security bulletins 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 remote attackers can otherwise use to gain access to systems 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.

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.