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Patching, Patching, and more Patching.
Adobe came out with this product years ago as a way to transfer documents with a central format. PDF - Personal Document Format. They made this product and started getting requests for forms, signatures, drop downs, macros, and other options. The software vendor got a team of developers together and set a roadmap for the software. Next, they set a date for release. The date for release came and they sent the software to market. The general public bought this and started using it. However, some hackers started to find problems with the code and started to plot against it. After the development team moved onto a new project, Adobe now has to go back to working security for these older products. They aren’t making money patching software they have already sold but the hacker makes money finding holes in the code and attacking them.
The entire industry has shifted to a subscription based model based on this theory and we are paying for the software companies issues.
So what can we do? What can the average user do?
- Patch all software. All managed clients at IRIS Solutions get their computers patched twice a week for 3rd party software. Do it yourself if you have to, but patch all the products.
- Update your web browsers. Don’t ignore it when the computer asks you to update your browser. Do it! Ignore the interruption and just update. It is free and in your best interest.
- Patch Windows. Don’t turn these off because they bother you. Patch all the time. As a managed client at IRIS Solutions, we automate Windows Updates for you.
If you have any questions, we are here to help.