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Patch Tuesday January 2016

Patch Tuesday January 2016
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Patch TuesdayPatch Tuesday January 2016: welcome in the new year with new security updates!

Internet Explorer

Tuesday the 11th was the last day Microsoft releases security patches for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10. So every version before Internet Explorer 11 aka Edge is now unprotected from new nasties.

What should you do?  If you’re running Windows 7 or Vista, you should be using Firefox for most of your Internet surfing. It’s the most secure and most compatible with web sites.

Other Microsoft Updates

Massive patch for all versions of Office, yes, including for Mac, was released yesterday.

Microsoft released seven other patches for all flavours of Windows, including a nasty one for Windows 10.

You will need to reboot after the patches install.

Quick Patch

Apple released last week at patch for Quicktime for Windows. Quicktime is usually bundled with the iTunes installation so if you have iTunes, you need to run Apple Updates.

Adobe Updates

This month there’s no hot Flash update but Adobe released security patches for Adobe Reader and Acrobat software for both Windows and Mac.

Blackberry

Seriously, Blackberry update news. I still have clients in love with Blackberry. There was an update for Blackberry 10 phones released yesterday, a combination of functionality updates and some security.

LastPass

I love LastPass as a password manager. The company was bought out late in the fall by LogMeIn. There has been one update since to version 4.0. One of the changes is they’ve added an emergency access feature. This means friends and family you designate can access your LastPass account should you be disabled.

This is really important as more and more of our assets are in the cloud.

Schedule some time this week to update your devices. An ounce of patching is much better than a pound of hacking.

 

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