August 9, 2020

Software Updates

Keep Your Software Up to Date

Did you know that Windows XP and Internet Explorer versions 10 and under are no longer supported by Microsoft?  If you’re using these products, you could be putting your information at risk.  Unsupported software is vulnerable to new cyber-attacks that can lead to loss of data on your computer, identity theft, stolen online banking credentials (username/password etc.) or a number of other negative outcomes.  Some of these threats can even use your computer to launch more attacks on people you know or even the general public.  Due to these serious risks, you should seriously consider upgrading to a computer running a supported version of Windows (Vista, 7, 8, or 10) with the most up to date version of Internet Explorer (Version 11) as soon as possible.   It is also highly recommended that you install and keep up-to-date anti-virus or anti-malware software that has an auto-protect feature.  Unsure if you are using Windows XP or an older version of Internet Explorer?  Please follow the instructions below to see what versions of software you are running. Keeping software up-to-date to protect yourself extends outside of Microsoft products as well.  Always ensure that you keep all software running on your computer updated as these applications can also be exploited if left unpatched.  This includes applications such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Oracle Java, and third party Internet browsers (ex. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.) 

To check what version of Windows you are running:

  1. Click on the Start Menu or Windows Menu which is typically located in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Right Click on either the word “Computer” or “My Computer” and then left click on the word “Properties”
  3. This will display information about your system including the version of Windows you are running.

To check the version of Internet Explorer you’re running:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click on the “Tools” menu or the gear icon located in the top right-hand corner of the window.
  3. Click the “About Internet Explorer” option.
  4. This will display the version of Internet Explorer.

If you are running a newer version of windows than XP but find that your Internet Explorer is out-of-date, you can simply update your browser using the “Windows Update” feature on your computer.  You may also download and install it using this URL https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer.aspx.