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Software updates (Family Safety)

Family safety

Introduction

Ensuring your computer is receiving regular software updates (also called software patches) protects you and your family from malicious software, which can cause pornographic advertisements to appear on your computer or mobile device and also lead to identity theft.

Concerns

It is very easy while using the Internet to access a legitimate web site which has been successfully attacked by computer criminals, or to access web sites that appear legitimate but are in fact malicious web sites, either of which attempt to compromise your computer with malicious software.

Aside from ensuring you have a firewall, an anti-virus application, and an anti-spyware application installed and receiving regular updates, the software which runs your computer (called the operating system) and the software that provides functionality (called applications) on your computer need to receive regular updates to remain secure from attack.

Suggestions

  • Turn on the automatic updating feature of your mobile phone or computer operating system such Microsoft Update, Apple Software Updates, or Linux updates.
  • Ensure applications, such as Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Flash or Reader, Java, Apple QuickTime, receive regular updates. If possible, turn on automatic updating within the application, or manually update the software at least quarterly. Be aware that Windows Update does not update non-Microsoft application software.

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This page was last modified on 27 September 2011, at 08:17.

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