Internet Explorer – WindowsYou may have heard via media outlets about the serious security flaw affecting Adobe Flash software for all users and another one affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer. The flaws allow a hacker to infect a website with a corrupt Adobe Flash file which can then be used to attack the victim’s computer if they visit that web page. The hacker then has the ability to remotely control the victim’s computer and utilize it for other malicious purposes. A common approach for an attacker to lure you to an infected web site is via a phishing Email. As always, please be mindful of Emails that link you to places you would not normally visit or that ask you for information that could be used against you.

There is an update available for Adobe Flash for all systems. There is also a Microsoft Windows Update available for Internet Explorer. Most Windows users have automatic updating enabled and will not need to take any action because this security update will be downloaded and installed automatically. If you are not getting automatic updates you can manually check for updates or visit the link below to download it.

MS14-021 – Security Update for Internet Explorer (2965111)

To mitigate the risk for the WCU community, we are asking that you update the Adobe Flash software on all internet browsers on your computer. For Windows users, it is recommended that you update the Adobe Flash software on both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. For Mac users, it is recommended that you update the Adobe Flash software on both Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
How to Update the Adobe Flash Player on Your Internet Browser

Internet Explorer – Windows

Safari for Mac

Firefox – Windows

Firefox – Mac

We are also happy to assist you with the update. If you have questions or require assistance with the Adobe Flash software update or the Microsoft Security Update for Internet Explorer, please contact the IT Help Desk at (828) 227-7487 or visit us at the Technology Commons located on the ground floor of Hunter Library. The Technology Commons will be open 24 hours a day from now until 6pm on May 9, 2014.