10th September 2013
Visitors to Get Safe Online are advised to look out for software updates from Microsoft and Adobe today, and if prompted, install them on your computers.
For information and advice on software updates, click here
This will help to ensure that your computers not only benefit from the most up-to-date functionality available from Windows, Office, Flash, Reader and other software … but will also stay protected from malware which is designed to exploit 'holes' in these and other programs.
The two software vendors now have a habit of introducing updates to their programs on the second Tuesday of every month … known in the software business as 'Patch Tuesday'. Today, the updates from Microsoft include patches to fix 14 sets of security issues. The company is referring to four of these as "critical" – addressing flaws in the the Outlook component of Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, Internet Explorer (versions 6, 7 and 8) and older versions of Windows (XP and Server 2003), as well as Sharepoint server software.
Adobe is updating its Reader and Acrobat PDF software packages. Adobe Reader/Acrobat XI (11.0.03) and earlier versions for Windows and Mac OS X as well as Adobe Reader/Acrobat X (10.1.7) and earlier 10.x for Windows and OS X.