It is again that time of month where we need to patch all things Microsoft. Updates patch security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cybercriminals or malware, and used to compromise your device.
Microsoft have released patches for many of their products. Including updates for Adobe Flash Player, Internet Explorer versions 9 – 11, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office 2007 – 2016, and of course, various updates to Microsoft Windows 7 – 10.
Support for Windows Vista ended on the 11th of April 2017. If you are still running Windows Vista you should consider upgrading to a more modern and secure operating system.
Office 2007 will be supported until the 10th of October 2017. If you are still running Office 2007, you should be planning to upgrade to a more modern and secure version of Office before support ends.
Adobe Flash Player has its own set of problems. Microsoft have helped to improve the secure of Adobe Flash Player by including it as part of their monthly patch cycle. Most users will find they no longer require flash player of their devices and can easily uninstall or disable flash. I highly recommend you do this.
Installing Windows Updates
Windows Updates are usually installed automatically, but it doesn’t hurt to manually check for the updates upon their release. By manually checking you can monitor whether the updates have been installed.
Updates for Microsoft products, except Office 2013 – 2016, can be installed via Windows Updates. To install these updates, follow the steps below:
- On your keyboard, hold the windows key and press R. This will display the run dialog box.
- Type in “control update” and press enter
- Click “Check for Updates”. This may take some time as Windows Update searches for the latest patches.
- Click on Install Updates, updates will install, after which Windows may need to restart.
Downloading Updates for Office 2013 – 2016
Updates for Office 2013 – 2016 are installed via Office Updater, rather than through Windows Update. To install these updates, open up a program from the Office suite, i.e Word, and then follow these simple steps.
- Click “File”
- Click “Account”
- Click “Update Options”
- Click “Update Now”
The updates for Office will then download and install.
Ensuring you are running up-to-date software is a great way to help ensure you device is secure. For more ways to stay secure read our Tech Tips articles.