Tip #12 The Upshot on Updates

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Your car needs regular servicing to keep it in good condition.  Your computer, mobile devices, and software applications need regular “check-ups,” as well. 

When your computer, mobile device, or software application requires an update, make sure it gets done. Attackers look for security loopholes in operating systems and the software that runs on them. These gaps need closing in order to make sure your system and personal information are safe.

The newest version of any operating system—be it Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, or Linux—is generally the safest to use. When a security patch or update is released, seriously consider upgrading, unless you’ve been instructed otherwise. (If Fordham IT believes a new version will be incompatible with some of the University systems, the community is asked to wait to update for a short time while we run tests.)

Similarly, every piece of software installed on your system may need updating from time to time, to close known security holes. Software that needs frequent updating includes the common applications that allow you view online content, read PDF files, or watch videos. Since Java, Adobe Reader, and Flash are installed on millions of computers, their popularity makes them a common target for attackers. For more information about the latest updates, go to their company’s respective websites.

Lastly, it’s essential to update your anti-virus software and to always use the most updated version of your web browser to avoid falling victim to infected websites. Fordham University offers free antivirus protection to all students, faculty and staff. More information about antivirus protection is on our website.

 

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