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If you only ever update your computer’s operating system and applications once every few months, if at all, then it is time you checked your updates as June proved to be a busy month for security exploits used to take over your computer.

Adobe has released updates to their Flash player, Shockwave Player and Reader products plus a host of other updates for their paid versions.

Java has been updated to Version 6 Update 26

Sumatra PDF has been updated to version 1.6, but do choose not to install the plugins for browsers.

Microsoft issued 16 new security updates for multiple versions of Windows. Link only works for Internet Explorer users sadly. If you have already installed the June updates, there has been an update released on the 28th June to fix an additional problem with TLS/SSL.

Apple released new versions for Itunes, Quicktime and MobileMe. From Windows run Apple Software Update but mind their trick of showing you items not installed in the hope you leave then selected!

Mozilla updated both Firefox to version 5.0 and Thunderbird to 3.1.11.

While you are running updates, Skype also should be updated from the built in check for updates option.

If that hasn’t got you rushing to patch your PC, then either you do not consider your computer’s security important yet or you have already installed Secunia’s PSI application to check your patch level on a regular basis for you…

SecurityBrad

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As usual whenever new technology is released, there are security issues found from the early implementations. Web browsers are no different, and a new vulnerability has been identified in Mozilla’s Firefox 4, Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers.

This time the issue is with a new feature called WebGL which allows 3D graphics in the browser. As a new feature you most probably do not need to use it for some time, and until updated versions of the browsers are released then we advise that you disable WebGL for now.

For Firefox users, type: about:config in the address bar and find the option webgl.disabled and set the value to ‘True’. Chrome and Safari have other methods to disable WebGL which are too complex for most home users to implement and as such we recommend that you only use Firefox until updates are released.

SecurityBrad



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