Updates: using the latest software

As well as making sure your computer’s operating system is fully patched or upgraded, you need to ensure all your software is up to date.

Popular software is constantly being improved – both to ensure the product appeals to new customers and also to patch any security holes found that may provide a cyber criminal with a vulnerability they are able to exploit.

Some of the most popular software today on millions of computers is designed to allow us to enjoy or benefit from the internet – think of your web browser or common helper programs such as JavaAdobe Reader and Flash.

The software that lets you explore websites, read documents, play games and watch video clips is so widely distributed that it’s a giant target for anyone looking to do harm.

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