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Adobe and Microsoft Beef Up Cyber Security

Updates from Adobe and Microsoft reduce the risk of hacking from the Flash Player and Chrome browser, with patches that protect your system.

With security updates regularly needed, Adobe and Microsoft have just come out with new updates to help keep their products and your data more secure. With many holes in the Flash Player software by Adobe, the new fixes include seven changes to plug problems with as many security holes. Microsoft held off on providing a new patch until recently, releasing a large number of bundles to update existing software (18), which were designed to repair dozens of problems with Windows and any associated software.

Cyber Security

File-sharing service is now more reliable, now that Microsoft has created a patch to fix more than five bugs critical to the effectiveness of the file-sharing program. While many businesses block file-sharing from communicating with networks that are facing the Internet, without the patch, Windows systems are easily exploited by the spread of computer worms.

Patch MS17-013 was created to take care of a vast number of problems with Windows and how image files are dealt with. The user doesn’t have to do anything for the malicious software to come in and take over. All it takes is for the user to be browsing the internet and land on a website that has been hacked with the malicious software.

Flaws with image-handling is only one of six issues addressed by Microsoft, and it includes problems that are already known to the public or have been exploited by hackers trying to gain access to valuable networks.

Every Tuesday, Adobe releases new patches, and this week released several updates for the Flash Player software. For users that currently have Flash Player in use, it’s necessary to update to v. or remove the Flash as soon as you can. If you can’t remove the software, at least disable it until someone can help you with your computer network.

When you are really concerned about security, getting rid of Flash altogether is usually a good response. It’s a common target for malware and hackers, as it’s a robust program that tends to be full of bugs. If you decide to keep Flash, make sure that you are always looking for the most recent updates to keep your data safe from malware and other attacks.

If you use the Chrome browser, this should automatically install any Flash updates when the browser restarts. If you think you need an update, click on the three vertical dots to the right of your Chrome browser URL bar, and go to help, about chrome. If an update is necessary and available, upgrade your machine right away.

The Shockwave Player from Adobe has also come with a new patch, but if you don’t use the program often, it’s time to get rid of it. It’s easy to exploit, and hackers find it simple to get into networks through the Shockwave Player.

When you are concerned about security for your system, it’s important to always check for updates. Install new updates if your system doesn’t do it automatically, and make sure that you restart your computer to get the updates implemented into your system. If you are ever unsure, checking the settings of your browser will help you see if there are any updates available to you.