Protecting Your Computer Against Attacks

More and more our productivity in the workplace is dependent on our ability to quickly send and receive email messages and view web pages. This continuous connection to the outside world comes with a cost. We are exposed to an onslaught of malicious software and computer security threats in the form of fake web pages, banner ads, scam emails and deceptive documents.

To combat the ever-evolving methods of attack, software publishers and computer manufacturers are continuously updating and refining their products. To help in the fight to protect your computer, it is critical to do your part by keeping all your software tools completely up to date.

Update Adobe Flash Player to the latest available version:
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

Update Java to the latest available version:
http://www.java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp

For Windows computer users:

  1. Install Microsoft updates on a weekly basis
  2. Microsoft or Start Menu> Programs> Microsoft Update

For Mac OS computer users:

  1. Install Apple software updates on a weekly basis
  2. Apple menu> Software updates…
  3. Install all available updates, and then check for available updates again until no further updates are available

Install Microsoft Office for Mac updates:

  1. Launch Word, Excel or PowerPoint for Mac
  2. Pull down the Help menu and select Check for Updates
  3. Install all available updates, and then check for available updates again until no further updates are available

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