Keep Your Apps and Plug-ins Updated
The last piece we'll discuss here is the need to keep your plug-ins and applications (apps) up-to-date. On the computer, in your browser, you may have software installed that enhances websites allowing them to show audio, video and be interactive. These pieces of software are called plug-ins. It is important that you keep these plug-ins up-to-date. By far, the two most-popular plug-ins are Oracle's Java
and Adobe's Flash
. On your personal computers, you should always keep these plug-ins up-to-date or disabled if you do not use them.
Additionally, you should always go directly to their web site to download the latest versions of their software and never click OK on a pop-up that asks you to upgrade them! As always, if you have any questions, please contact the help desk!
Applications and apps should also be kept up-to-date. Office suites like Microsoft Office have been known to introduce backdoors and exploits on PCs in the past. Many Android apps have also introduced malware on smartphones directing information away from unsuspecting users and into the hands of hackers. You should always check that your software is up-to-date. This is usually done by using the built-in update mechanisms in your operating system or smartphone as shown in the section above.