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Not-So-Black Friday, System Security Tips

In reading about the recent hullabaloo in the U.S. regarding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the BIGGEST shopping days of the year for our neighbours to the south, I came across the following article suggesting a new approach to the days after American Thanksgiving: Forget Black Friday, It's Update Your Parents' Browser Day.

One of the key points listed in this article, with a focus on your (or your parents’) web browser, is to keep your software updated for SECURITY reasons.  Technology evolves at exponential rates, usually prodded by those who choose to exploit any weaknesses found in its components, and we must be diligent to keep our identities and hard-earned cash protected. This is especially true now, during the busiest shopping season of the year.

Updates are not only recommended for your web browser, but also your operating systems and software packages.  No matter the operating system, we do recommend that users subscribe to Automatic Updates to ensure they aren’t left vulnerable. If you’re not sure if you’re up-to-date, here’s how to check for updates in some of the most common OS and software packages out there:

Windows XP - Windows Vista - Windows 7 (all versions)
Microsoft Office (PC)


On your machine:
Control Panel -> System and Security -> Windows Update
(You can double check your Automatic Update settings here, and Check for updates on the spot.)

On the web:
windowsupdate.microsoft.com

Microsoft Office (Mac)

In one of your open Microsoft Office Applications (e.g. Word):
Help -> Check for updates.

*Many Mac versions of mainstream software (Microsoft, Adobe, etc.) programs use this method.

Mac OS X – OS X Snow Leopard – OS X Lion


On your machine:
Apple Icon (System, top left corner of Finder or Open window) -> Software Update…

On the web, to get the latest OS for Mac:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/

Web Browsers:

Happy computing and keep safe!
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