Office 2007 End of Support

Office 2007 was released on the 10th of January 2007.  This year sees Office 2007 reaching its 10th anniversary. As with most Microsoft products, 10 years will see the end of extended support.

Office 2007 was the first to take on the modern look. Microsoft replaced the traditional menu with the Office button and replaced the traditional menu drop-downs with the ribbon. The ribbon replaces the text with icons. While the office button didn’t make it to the next version, the ribbon has stayed.

Unsupported software misses important software upgrades. These upgrades patch critical vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities, if left unpatched, can potentially be exploited by an attacker. Depending on the type of vulnerability, the attacker may be able to access your data remotely.

Extended support for Office 2007 will end on the 10th of October 2017. It is recommended to upgrade to a newer version of Office sooner rather than later.

Extended support for Windows Vista will also end this year. The official date being the 11th April 2017.




Flash Player Update February 2017

As mentioned previously, Microsoft has delayed February’s ‘Patch Tuesday’ and will release those updates as part of March’s monthly patch cycle.

I found it unusual that updates for Flash Player – which are usually included in the monthly patch cycle – were not released. Especially so that Flash Player version, released on 14th of February, patched 13 security vulnerabilities.

Occasionally Microsoft will have two Patch Tuesday’s in a month. This is not common practice, but if updates of importance need releasing before the next patch cycle, Microsoft will release them on the fourth Tuesday of the month (or the Wednesday following the fourth Tuesday for us Aussies).

Microsoft include Flash Player as a part of Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and manage the updates to ensure users are running the latest version. Most users will find that they do not require flash player on their devices. I have written a post previously on how to remove or disable flash player. 

If you require Flash Player, ensure you are running the latest version, if not, Install the latest version from the Adobe website or via Windows Updates.



Commbank Phishing Email

Another phishing email doing the rounds. This email purports to be from the Commonwealth Bank, and advises that there has been “an unusual number of invalid login attempts” and that you will need to “Confirm that you’re the owner of the account”.

The login button, of course, does not link to a Commbank website but instead redirects to a convincing looking phishing website.

Commbank Phishing Website

The good news is due to a certificate error, most users will probably receive this screen instead.

Always take care when clicking links in emails. A link can be created to say one website but link to another.

For example: This URL should link to this website. Take a closer look at the link. Where is it linking to?

Hovering over a link with your mouse will show the URL that will be opened.

Suspicious links can be scanned using a website such as Virus Total.

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