The Importance of Patching

Adobe’s PDF Reader is under fire from hackers due to a vulnerability which was detected within the popular software. This “critical vulnerability” has been identified in a limited capacity, and seems to be targeting “high value” computers, which may include financial computers. The effects of the vulnerability could involve simply crashing the program, crashing your computer, or allowing a hacker to completely take over your system.

An emergency patch is expected to be released the week of December 12, so remember to check for an update as soon as one is available from the Adobe website. Not all versions of these Adobe products have the software flaw and the following are the only ones reported to have the vulnerability:

  • Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh

We recommend you look for and download any patches for Adobe products that come about to ensure your version is more secure, even if it is not listed above.

It is always important to download updates for software and computer programs as they are released. These patches and updates are often released to help improve stability, security, and to ensure exploits in the coding are fixed. And regardless of the source, price, or age of the software, downloadable patches are essential to maintaining a secure computer free of malware and viruses.

Microsoft’s Windows Operating Systems constantly releases updates and patches for its software to help keep users secure from hackers and malicious programs. Apple also releases patches for its software, even though Apple is generally known to have fewer vulnerabilities with their software. Even so, many companies with programs on both platforms usually release patches for both.

Most programs these days will prompt you when there is a new update or patch available and some can even be set up to auto-install updates. Windows Updates is a built-in program within Windows which downloads and installs updates for you if you neglect to do so manually. While inconvenient for some to have the computer slow down during the installation, these are often valuable and essential patches that are more beneficial in the long-run. After all, it is better to take some time to install an update and reboot than it is to have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on removing the virus, restoring your data, or worse yet having valuable financial information stolen from your computer.

So remember to update and patch as soon as one is available. You never know what you might be allowing to have happen to your system if you don’t.

For those who have our Maintenance Services, the updates have already been applied. We proactively stay on-top of all outstanding issues and rigorously test all patches for stability issues and to ensure they will work for your system. Want to learn more about our Maintenance Services or our other services contact our representative today at:

Reference: Zero Day Net

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