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Software Updates

Security-relevant software updates (called patches) fix security holes that are being discovered almost daily. Security holes can allow unauthorised access to your data or worms to spread and exist both in operating systems (e.g. Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS X, Linux, etc.) and applications (e.g. IIS, Apache, Internet Explorer, Media Player, etc.). The installation of software updates is therefore very important to the security of your data.

What needs to be done
  • Regular updates of operating system and applications
    Some products have an automatic update function for this purpose. It is imperative that you use it. Check regularly if this function is active and is working properly. Information on the latest software updates can usually be found on the relevant vendor's web page.
  • Keep track of information on software updates
    Further sources provide regular information on newly discovered security holes (or vulnerabilities) and the relevant updates (or other measures to be taken).

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