Keeping your computer programs patched and updated is one of the Top-5 things you can do to protect your security and privacy. While there are tools that support this, such as Norton 360 on Windows and Ninite, it’s important that you make certain the updates are correctly applied. There are no silver bullets in cybersecurity .
Important Security Updates
Apple iTunes: Apple has released iTunes version 126.96.36.199. Updates are available through the device or from Apple’s website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released Version 98.0. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Microsoft Edge: Microsoft has released version 99.0.1150.39 of Edge. Updates are available within the browser under About Microsoft Edge on the Menu button in the top-right corner of the screen.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released updates to address dozens of vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Windows, and other Microsoft products. Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.
Zoom: Zoom has released update Version 188.8.131.5231 for Zoom Client for Meetings. Updates are available from within the program under “Check for Updates” or Zoom’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2021.011.20039
Dropbox 143.4.4161 [SecureTheVillage warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]
Firefox 98.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome 99.0.4844.51 (Official Build)
Microsoft Edge 99.0.1150.39
Microsoft Explorer 11.0.220
Java SE 8 Update 321 [SecureTheVillage recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site or application that requires Java, SecureTheVillage recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. Unplug Java from the browser you use for everyday surfing and leave it plugged in to a second browser that you only use for sites that require Java. And if you have a specific use or need for Java, make sure you have the latest version.]
Safari 15.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates for Application Policy Infrastructure Controller, and more. Apply updates. Additional details are available on Cisco’s website.
VMware: VMware has released updates for VMware Tools for Windows. Apply updates. Additional details are available on VMware’s website.
If you are responsible for the security of your computer, our Weekend Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your system(s) patched and updated.
If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.
Vulnerability management is a key element of information security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.
SecureTheVillage publishes our Weekend Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates.
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