- Removal of Apple Quicktime. No longer supported by Apple and identified by the US Government as a risk - "Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows."
- Immediate update of Adobe Flash. If you must have Flash, and many websites still rely upon it, then it needs to be kept constantly updated. From a Cyber security perspective, it is highly risky software. You can update for free direct from Adobe here https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ . We would also recommend that you allow for automatic updates on Adobe products generally.
- Disable Java in web browsers or if possible; remove all together. In common with Adobe Flash, Java is frequently exploited and regularly shown to be risky. If you must use Java, it is imperative that it is updated frequently. You can update your Java here http://www.java.com/en/
- Ensure Windows Update is turned on and active. We recognise that on occasion Windows Updates causes its own issues, but the risk of not updating far outweighs the occasional inconvenience that Windows Update causes.
- Ensure your staff are aware of the risks. Many risks are coming off email attachments and infested websites. An antivirus affords a level of protection but cannot guard against carelessness, and your protection is only as good as its weakest link. You can download a staff guide here from the website http://www.easylifeit.com/images/pdf/PrintandProtectIT.pdf
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