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Critical Updates For Windows, Mac & Linux

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
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If you’re a Windows user with automatic updates scheduled, you may have already received Microsoft’s massive recent update. It took nearly half an hour for all the updates to install on my Windows 7 computer.

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The list of installed updates on Window 8 took up the whole screen!

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So what were all these updates about?  One was a big update for Internet Explorer that took care of  10 critical issues.  This update was for every version of Internet Explorer from 6 to 11.

Another important security update tackled a problem with a security issue in HTTP.sys in Windows 7 and 8.

There was also a patch for a flaw in Office that can let hackers create Office documents that can attack your system. It’s an Important update for Office 2013, but a critical update if you’re using Word 2007 or 2010.  This update also applies to those running Office and Office 365 on Mac computers. So, even if you’re unaccustomed to looking for Windows updates, you may need to check on this one.

If you aren’t set for automatic updates, here’s how to check for updates in Windows 7 and in Windows 8.

There are also some critical patches for issues in Flash Player available.  These patches affect Flash Player on Windows and Mac systems and also on Linux.

According to Adobe:

Users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 17.0.0.169. 

 Users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.281. 

Users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.457. 

Users of Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome, as well as Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x, will automatically update to version 17.0.0.169 when available. 

This vulnerability could allow an attacker to take control of your computer.

If you haven’t been prompted to update by Flash Player, click here to install the latest version. Watch out for the optional offer to install McAfee Security. Make sure to uncheck the box before clicking install, unless you want McAfee Security Scan Plus.

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There is also an update to Java that takes care of 14 security issues. Windows users should receive a notification on the desktop that an update is available.  Or you can go straight to Java’s website for a free download.

~Cynthia

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