Software providers including Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and Mozilla have released updates to address vulnerabilities in their widely used products.
Microsoft has issued its January 2016 Security Bulletin summarising bulletins released for the month. These bulletins advised of nine vulnerabilities affecting products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office and others. Attackers may exploit some of the vulnerabilities to take control of affected systems and view or change sensitive data.
Adobe has released a security bulletin featuring updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and Macintosh. According to Adobe, the updates ‘address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially enable an attacker to take control of an affected system.’
In addition, Apple has issued a security update to address vulnerabilities in QuickTime for Windows 7 and Windows Vista, and Mozilla late last year released security updates to prevent attackers from exploiting a flaw in Firefox to capture sensitive information from affected users.
Stay Smart Online recommends you apply security updates as quickly as possible. Information on automating updates is available here.
Automatic updates minimise the risk of you delaying or forgetting to apply an update, and restrict the ability of attackers to gain access to your computer and sensitive personal and financial data.