Update your software regularly

Software publishers try to make their applications and programs secure, but hackers sometimes find vulnerabilities. Hackers can exploit software vulnerabilities to remotely control your computer or install malware.

The best way you can protect your computer is through software updates. It's important to keep all of your software up to date—especially for your:

  • operating system
  • Internet browser
  • antivirus program
  • Flash player
  • Adobe Reader
  • Java
  • Microsoft Office products

Guidelines

  • Periodically check for updates if your software doesn't do it automatically. For most software titles, you can check your current version, and update if necessary, through the Help menu.
  • If your software allows it, enable automatic updates, and allow them to run as frequently as possible.
  • Download and install software updates as soon as they're available.
  • Use software that is still maintained and supported by the manufacturer.
  • Check for software updates on your other devices too: smartphone, video game console, iPod, e-reader, etc.

Resources

Download Adobe Reader (Adobe)
This page will check the version of Adobe Reader on your computer and prompt you to download the current version if necessary.

Download Adobe Flash Player (Adobe)
This page will check the version of Adobe Flash Player on your computer and prompt you to download the current version if necessary.

Download the latest version of Java (Java)
This page will allow you to download the current version of Java. Computers not using the latest version of Java may lose University network privileges.