Patch Tuesday November 2016: lots of security goodness for all your business devices!
Apple released updates for most of their devices at the end of October as part of their new product rollout. Even the Apple Watch and Apple TV got updates.
Most important were the security updates for OS X Sierra, El Capitan and Yosemite. Be sure to install that update ASAP.
iOS was updated to version 10.1.1. That update applies to iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later.
iTunes and iCloud for Windows were both updated.
Office for Mac was also updated for security by Microsoft.
Microsoft released 14 patches this Tuesday affecting everything. Yes, it will take a long time to download these patches and yes you will have to restart the computer after.
Updates included patches for Office, Internet Explorer/Edge, and various parts of the operating system and the Microsoft version of Flash.
One of the patches fixes a security hole that hackers are actively exploiting.
Adobe Hot Flash
Another lunar cycle and another hot Flash security update from Adobe. Again this patch fixes a security hole that hackers are actively making merry with. You can get this patch directly here.
While there were no new updates for Adobe Reader/Acrobat this month (lots last month), Adobe released a security update for the Windows version of their Connect software.
Google released a big security patch that squashes 82 vulnerabilities for Android. Hopefully your Android vendor will push out the patch to your device.
One big vulnerability, known as “Dirty Cow” , is not yet patched. It’s expected for next month’s round of Android patches.
WordPress and Wix
WordPress core remains at 4.6 but version 4.7 is expected to land soon.
All the popular plugins have updates this month: backupbuddy, iThemes security, Yoast SEO, JetPack.
Check your dashboard monthly for updates
Wix websites need to be patched ASAP as a nasty security hole has been plugged. Check your dashboard or call your website designer to make sure your Wix website has been updated.
A ounce of patching is better than a pound of hacking.