Many computers utilize Java–a popular program from a large respected company, Oracle. As you may have heard, recent exploits have successfully attacked Java. Perhaps you aren’t concerned about the attacks if you believe you have not installed the software. However, you should be aware that even though you may not use Java, other programs on your computer may.And yes, this can apply to Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.

As is common with all good software companies, updates have been released to improve security. These updates are sometimes installed automatically, but often they are not. If you are unsure about your situation, please let us know—we can help with appropriate updates, configuration changes or removal from a computer.

As you know, the Windows, Mac, and Linux computer operating systems need to be updated to insure fast, reliable, and secure operation. But what other aspects of your system also need updates? Software applications, utilities, and attached devices like printers are all likely candidates. Even your computer itself may need firmware updates from time to time.

Consider:

  1. Vital Few – If you no longer use a piece of software, it is best to remove it.
  2. Updates – Install important updates soon after they become available.
  3. Configuration – Adjust security settings of your operating system and applications to meet your needs, without causing undue risk to you and your business.

Click here for an article from the: Department of Homeland Security – United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

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