Updates 2021-02-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for February, 2021.

This Month in Technology

Malware planted during the SolarWinds hack is still being discovered and SolarWinds is still vulnerable.

ADT (not just employee abuse), Amazon Kindle e-readersAzure Functions, the Australian Securities and Investments CommissionCisco DNA CenterCyberpunk 2077Excellus Health Plan, Inc., ExperianFiberHome routers, Forward AirGolang, various Home Assistant integrationsiOSlibgcrypt, Linux (and macOS) SUDOMalwarebytesMeetMindfulMimecast (also a SolarWinds victim), Nespresso smart cards, New Zealand Central BankNoxPlayerOffice 365OpenWRT forumPalo Alto Networks, the PentagonPerl[.]comPfizerSonicWallStormshieldUK Research and Innovationthe UNUScellularUSDA (again), Vermont Dept of LaborVIPGamesWashington State Auditor’s OfficeWestRock Co., WhatsApp, and Wind River Systems have been hacked.

The EU is fining (victims) of data breaches 39% more than two years ago. Grindr is exposing your information. SpamCop made a boo-boo by not renewing their domain on time, resulting in a huge amount of legitimate messages being treated as spam. The LogoKit phishing platform has been updated to “improve” effectiveness.

The UK Government is giving malware-infected laptops to students and the US federal government has repeatedly supported violation of the third and fourth amendments to plant recording devices on private property. There has been an increase of 93% of leaks and data breaches in 2020.

Whether you pay the ransom or restore from backups: PATCH the vulnerabilities!

I have always called for avoiding pirated software because it poses a unique security risk. Here’s an example. (avoid travelling by train in China)

Federally funded censorship and double-standards are being used to advance cancel culture in bankscoffeejournalism, patriotism, by mere association, while actually inciting violence with absurd rhetoric such as calling a kindly neighbor a terrorist for plowing your snow are being excused as acceptable. While censorship isn’t left or right only one side is willing to ban those most likely to join the military from joining.

Worse yet, they’re even targeting third-parties for cancellation for daring to support free speech. Heck, even Mike Rowe is being cancelled.

Some are actually upset that not enough censorship is taking place while ignoring actual calls for violence, funding terroristsopenly supporting child porn, hypocritically calling censorship a violation of election integrity, and arresting people for posting memes.

No matter how much the narrative is disproven – this was planned by others well in advance, and the capitol police were directly involved, which is probably why they refused assistance from the National Guard and DoD when offered multiple times. There’s plenty more.

At least there’s finally some pushback. Hopefully it’s not too little, too late.

Meanwhile, TIME acknowledges that they did, in fact, collude with big tech, large corporations and foreign governments in violation of state and federal laws in order to steal the election. (But don’t talk about it online!) By the way, is it just a coincidence that so many opponents of free speech are pedophiles?

Facebook will pay $300/ea to Illinois users for violating state biometric laws and yet, they have still violated Polish law and blocked & banned small investors while Zuckerberg bragged about how he censored Trump to prevent a free election. WhatsApp users are leaving in droves, while WhatsApp has shifted messaging to explain that user messages (notably not their “data”) can still be removed.

There’s been a surge in BSODs for some Windows devices after January updates. Microsoft has been beaten to the patch (again) by 0patch for a vulnerability in their installer system.

Google is above the law or at least, demands the ability to be excluded from it. They’ve also banned one app for supporting a popular open source file type and another for allowing access to content it doesn’t control (like Google’s own browsers), and violated their own terms to purge negative reviews in their App Store. YouTube is removing Senate testimony. It should come as no surprise then, that developers are realizing that “doing business with [Google] is a liability.” Do you really need more justification to de-Google?

Mozilla fixed a browser bug that could trigger physical damage to your SSD.

Amazon has been caught colludingendangering privacyhypocritically inciting violence, and stealing, all while pursuing the ability to run the Pentagon Defense Systems (in violation of their own Terms of Service).

Apple is throttling iPhones again, preventing sideloading on M1’s, and took five years to discover a widespread crypto miner in macOS.

Still trust your mobile security? Your operating systems have intentionally designed vulnerabilities/weaknesses.

Especially when it comes to science, sunlight remains the best disinfectant. It turns out “global warming” is worse when humans aren’t polluting the air. But sadly, facts don’t matter anymore, so months have passed and hundreds of thousands of lives were lost before political and social science caught up with actual science to acknowledge HCQ is, in fact, an effective treatment. And surely it’s just a coincidence that testing processes were changed immediately after inauguration?

Investigating and/or punishing people for refusing an experimental treatment (according to the FDA they’re not vaccines) is a violation of the Nuremberg Code, but that won’t prevent governments and corporations from doing it anyway, no matter how many times that is struck down as unconstitutional.

The CDC has illegally inflated COVID statistics, but is suppressing VAERS information about people dying like flies after injections.

Really though, can you trust any medical treatment created by people that struggle with math?

Now for the good news:

The Biden administration has dropped the federal lawsuit against the California Net Neutrality law. This will eventually be what breaks the Big Tech monopoly.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~ 2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Big Sur 11.2, Security Update 2021-001 Catalina, Security Update 2021-001 Mojave, iCloud for Windows 12.0 (off and on again), iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, Safari 14.0.3, tvOS 14.4, watchOS 7.3, and Xcode 12.4. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 88.0.4324.109 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

The release of macOS Big Sur (11.0) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need or use, reducing the attack surface. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.6 improves cleanup. This is a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

nVidia 461.40 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Brave 1.19.92 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 88.0.4324.150 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 88.0.705.63 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 85.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.7.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.6 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.6.2165.36 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Mailspring 1.8.0 adds account colors, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 78.7.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

BrowsingHistoryView 2.46 adds support for Brave. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 7.75.0 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 115.4.601 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.52.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Pocketnet-Core 0.18.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

WinSCP 5.17.10 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.5.12494.0204 resolves a couple minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Java 8u281 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

darktable 3.4.1 resolves about 20 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/install/

VLC Media Player 3.0.12 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2021.02.05 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and improves cosmetics. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS5 20.02-02.50.00 resolves a PS4 installation compatibility issue, improves editing video clips and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Atom 1.54.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Blender 2.91.2 doesn’t have a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

IcoFX 3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

Krita 4.4.2 adds mesh gradients, mesh transform, gradient editor and halftone filter, new brushes, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.0 resolves hundreds of bugs and improves reliability, stability, and compatibility. This is not a security update. This is beta software and should be avoided by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lightworks NLE 2021.1 adds dozens of new features and improvements, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.1.2 adds several new features: SVG client branding, push notifications for file changes, conflict resolution trigger and more. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenOffice 4.1.9 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.2.15 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

FrameMaker 2019 Update 8 64bit (2019.0.8) doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
64-bit: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=7063
32-bit: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=7065

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 2021.001.20135, 2020.001.30020, and 2017.011.30190 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb21-09.html

Adobe Animate 21.0.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb21-11.html

Adobe Dreamweaver 20.2.1 and 21.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dreamweaver/apsb21-13.html

Adobe Illustrator 25.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb21-12.html

Adobe Photoshop 21.2.5 and 22.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-10.html

Magento 2.4.2, 2.4.1-p1, and 2.3.6-p1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb21-08.html

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Tails 4.15.1 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

RogueKiller 14.8.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.33.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.9.0 resolves a bug with URL parsing. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2021.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?snagit

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.6.791 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Bitcoin 0.21.0 resolves over a dozen bugs and improves networking. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

Bitwarden 1.24.6 improves biometrics, search, and usability. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

Carbonite 6.3.8 resolves a bug with NAS backups. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

CCleaner 5.76.8269 improves cleaning and accessibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z 1.95 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 8.44 improves toolset. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DriveImage XML 2.60 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

Etcher 1.5.116 updates libraries and improves cleanup of temp files. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.1005 is a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fido 1.18 adds support for the latest 20H2 refresh. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

GoodSync 11.5.6 improves stability, reliability and sync, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Homedale 1.92 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 2.81 adds automatic update and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

LessMSI 1.8.1 resolves a display bug. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

NTLite 2.0.0.7784 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

ProduKey 1.95 adds option to extract partial key from WMI. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

PSAppDeploy 3.8.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

RAMDisk 4.4.0.RC36 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk

RoboForm 9.1.1 updates credit card storage data, resolves several bugs, and now uses secure transmission for automatic updates. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

SimpleWMIView 1.42 adds an option to start hidden. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.66 adds pagination to the properties widow and adds Task Filename column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 15.14.5 was released. The TeamViewer release notes have been unavailable for over a month, so while it might be a security update, it would be safer to remove TeamViewer until these issues are resolved.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

USB Oblivion 1.16.0.0 adds ability to preserve desktop settings and clean UserAssist keys. This is not a security update.
http://www.cherubicsoft.com/en/projects/usboblivion

WinScan2PDF 6.55 resolves several bugs and improves scanner compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 4.1.2.0 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.23 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 15.8.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.15.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.34.1 adds new features and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.32.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://strawberryperl.com/

Visual Studio Code 1.53 resolves several bugs and adds several features and controls. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.10 resolves several bugs and adds new command-line switches and features. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.11 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 6.1.18-142142 resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

Adminer 4.7.9 is a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.10 improves compatibility with PHP 8.01. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Docker Desktop 3.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.0.11 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.1.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.7.2 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Nextcloud Server 20.0.7 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenCart 3.0.3.7 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.opencart.com/

Piwigo 11.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

ScreenConnect 21.2.2159.7699 adds a security tile to configure security options and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SMF 2.0.18 is a security update.
https://www.simplemachines.org/

WordPress 5.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Social Post Feed 2.18.2 improves GDPR compatibility and resolves a deletion bug. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.6.1 resolves a path bug. This is not a security update.

Redirection 5.0.1 adds support for PHP 8 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.20 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.25 updates the password reset process. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.1.0 resolves several bugs and adds cache groups. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.9.2 improves compatibility and disables untested plugins from status and plugin pages. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.6.0 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

 

 

Updates 2019-11-14

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but security updates from Adobe have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

Windows 10 v1909 is now available. Again, this version is minor compared to other Windows 10 upgrades and should be nearly indistinguishable from 1903 so should have no negative impact. However, there is nothing so critically important in 1909 that the update can’t wait a month. Wait for it.

The typical computer should see approximately 300 MB of updates. Let’s get started.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.293 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.11.46 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Adobe Reader DC 19.021.20056 resolves several significant stability bugs. This should be treated as a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.5.9 adds support for new encodings, improves UI and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Carbonite 6.3.5 resolves OneDrive compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

Adminer 4.7.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 8.6.18 updates libraries. While this is not a security update, it should be treated as one. Also, be aware that Drupal 8.6 will be End-Of-Life in less than three weeks, so be prepared to install 8.8 on December 4th or 5th.
https://drupal.org/download

Postie 1.9.40 improves compatibility, adds self-diagnostics, and resolves several bugs.

W3 Total Cache 0.10.2 resolves a WordPress compatibility bug. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2019-06-11

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for June 2019 and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.1 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, Dynamic Update, POSReady and MSRT (~2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 12.3.2, iCloud for Windows 7.12, iTunes for Windows 12.9.5, AirPort Base Station Firmware 7.9.1, and macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 12.3.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.207 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 74.0.3729.159 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

The now-current release of Windows 10 (1903) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6 GB through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need or use, reducing the attack surface.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.1.5 adds support for newer hardware, improves cleanup and stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver & Support Assistant 19.5.22 resolves several bugs and improves security. This is a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 430.86 adds support for newer hardware and updates game profiles. This is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 75.0.3770.80 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 67.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.5.1525.48 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Thunderbird 60.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

iCloud for Windows 7.12 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

Skype 8.45.0.41 adds quick sign out and improves preference persistence. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

IPInfoOffline 1.50 adds GeoLite2 City, Country and ASN database support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

MaxMind GeoIP 201906 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Technitium DNS Server 3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

WinSCP 5.15.2 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 7.1 adds HEIC and WEBP support, resolves bugs, and improves stability and security. This is a security update.
https://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

iTunes 12.9.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

VLC Media Player 3.0.7 improves Blu-ray and MP4 support, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 6.71 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Artweaver 6.0.12 improves stability and resolves a cloning bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.2.4 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.7.0 updates Scintilla to 4.1.x and adds code signing. This should be treated as a security update. The first time it is opened after updating from a previous version will take longer. Be patient.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Atom 1.38.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Wireshark 3.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.1.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

OpenSSL 1.0.2s is a security update.
https://openssl.org/

RogueKiller 13.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

RouterPassView 1.81 resolves a bug decompressing some binaries. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

Stinger 12.1.0.3196 adds support for new detections. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?stinger

DNSQuerySniffer 1.80 adds support for GeoLite2 City and Country databases. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2019.1.2 adds support for varying High-DPI displays, resolves several bugs, updates integration. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 11.0.3.4 improves compatibility, adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.14.4 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.8.0.6975 adds settings, adds support for Windows 10 v1903, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 7.3 improves mini, integration, and drag and drop support. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

8GadgetPack 29.0 improves compatibility with Windows 10 v1903. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

Beyond Compare 4.2.10.23938 adds support for case-sensitive folders, improves compatibility with OneDrive, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Carbonite 6.3.5 resolves OneDrive compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

CPU-Z Installer 1.89 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 6.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

GoodSync 10.9.33 improves compatibility, updates libraries, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 1.71 improves compatibility and performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NetworkInterfacesView 1.15 adds several new fields and automatic elevation support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.30 adds several new columns. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

OSFMount 3.0.1004 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

PointerStick 3.55 removes buggy code signing certificate. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

QuickSetDNS 1.30 adds support for IPv6.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

RoboForm 8.5.9 adds encryption iteration option and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

SearchMyFiles 2.92 resolves large file size search and adds Explorer context feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TraceRouteOK 1.41 adds Polish language support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinScan2PDF 4.81 removes buggy code signing certificate. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.29 resolves stability bugs. This is a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

WSUS Offline 11.7.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool 1903 allows creating your own Windows 10 installation media for the latest build of Windows.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 12.4.0 moves several experimental features to stable, and updates several heap capabilities. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

StrawberryPerl 5.30.0.1 updates Perl core, gcc compiler and libraries. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Visual Studio Code 1.35 improves native semantic behaviors, definition context, breadcrumbs, and better merge conflict display. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.8-130520 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

Drupal 8.7.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.7 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

ConnectWise Control 19.1.24050.7079 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog (their site changes have been a pain), so this should be treated as a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

MailEnable Enterprise 10.24 is a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Nextcloud Server 16.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.9.0.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 5.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.5.1 improves image handling, CSS deferral, and settings interface. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.1.3 resolves the Mail tab check bug. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.1.6 is a security update.

Postie 1.9.35 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Really Simple CAPTCHA 2.0.2 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.7 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.7.5 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves default PHP behaviors. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 3.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2019-03-12

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March 2019, which means that the next build of Windows (v1903) is just around the corner. You can delay it by installing v1809 if you haven’t done so yet, which will grant you a 3 month reprieve. Among other features and fixes, v1903 will add automatic boot repair after failed updates. This should resolve the #1 issue plaguing the Windows Update platform: not knowing whether your computer will boot after installing updates. Even so, don’t be the guinea pig. Postpone v1903 for a couple months to let people that don’t know any better be the victims of whatever flaws v1903 inevitably brings.

The typical computer should see roughly 1 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, POSReady, and MSRT (~600 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.156 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 72.0.3626.122 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

The now-current release of Windows 10 (1809) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed and v1903 will be coming soon. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

BullZip PDF Printer 11.9.0.2735 is a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver & Support Assistant 19.2.8 adds self-update, installer improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 419.35 adds several new game profiles, G-SYNC improvements, CUDA 10.1, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 73.0.3683.75 is a critical security update, resolving an bug that is being actively exploited in the wild. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 65.0.2 resolves a geolocation bug. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.5.2 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.3.1440.60 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Mailspring 1.5.7 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 60.5.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Skype 8.41.0.54 adds call merge and caller-id, improved diagnostics, live captions, draft reviews, and notifications. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

uTorrent 3.5.5.45146 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 10.10 adds several new features and resolves bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

IPNetInfo 1.85 adds CSV export and export header control. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

MaxMind GeoIP 201903 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Technitium DNS Server 3.0 adds TLS configuration and DNS-over-HTTPS, DNS-over-HTTP, DNS-over-TLS, additional settings and log improvements. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

WinSCP 5.13.8 updates libraries and resolves bugs. This is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MusicBrainz Picard 2.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.32.22222 improves the GUI and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2018.02.19 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS3 4.84 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps3/

PlayStation PS4 6.50 adds Remote Play support for iOS. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Scribus 1.4.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scribus.net/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.2.1 resolves over 170 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.6.4 resolves several bugs. This build also adds horizontal scrolling (yay!). This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Reader DC 19.010.20098 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Photoshop CC 19.1.8 and Photoshop CC 20.0.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb19-15.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.10.186048 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb19-16.html

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

OpenSSL 1.0.2r is a security update.
https://indy.fulgan.com/SSL/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.75 adds wildcard support in the host name filter. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Avast! Home Edition 19.3.2369 adds UEFI scanning, separates VPN product, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 3.0.0 is a major update adding several new features, switching to npcap, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 13.1.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2019.1.1 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?snagit

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.15 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 11.0.1.8 adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.14.3 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.7.3.6761 adds support for newer builds, new components, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 7.2.5 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

7-Zip 19.00 resolves several bugs and improves encryption strength. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

Autoruns 13.94 resolves a bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

Sysmon 9.0 introduces rule groups that enable the specification of AND or OR matching logic across a set of rules. This is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

BulkFileChanger 1.60 adds EXIF timestamp changing support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

Carbonite 6.3.4 excludes OneDrive Files On-Demand and improves GUI messaging. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

CintaNotes 3.13 adds new actions to rules, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cintanotes.com/download

ControlMyMonitor 1.12 adds option to disable header line in exports. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Cygwin 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 6.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Everything 1.4.1.935 fixes bugs with long file names and exclusions. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 10.9.26 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

ImageUSB 1.4.1002 resolves bitlocker detection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.20 adds port filtering, Always On Top, and option to disable header line in exports. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

PointerStick 3.44 improves cosmetics. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

RoboForm 8.5.7 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Seagate DiscWizard 23.0.17160 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/discwizard-master-dl/

WSUS Offline 11.6 resolves several bugs, corrects superseded updates, and adds new hooks. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 11.11.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.27.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

DB Browser for SQLite 3.11.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sqlitebrowser.org/

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

TinyMCE 5.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tiny.cloud/get-tiny/

Drupal 8.6.10 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.4 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Nextcloud Server 15.0.5 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ColdFusion 2018 Update 3, ColdFusion 2016 Update 10, and ColdFusion 11 Update 18 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb19-14.html

WordPress 5.1 resolves several bugs, improves the block editor, and adds Site Health. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 4.2.0 is a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.32 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.7.1 improves block editor compatibility. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.20 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.13 adds several filters and action hooks, improves reliability and form-field controls. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.5.6 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.35 resolves the sms link stripping bug. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2017-07-25

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Google and more have released updates this week.

The best technology news of the century was released today. Perhaps the millennium. In about 3 years Adobe will finally discontinue support for Flash, effectively removing the largest bulls-eye from your computer. As an end-user, are you still using Flash — or do you only think you’re still using Flash?

The typical computer should see approximately 400mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows and .NET. Use Windows Update to install the most current versions.

Apple released updates for macOS 10.12.6, OS X Security Update 2017-003, Safari 10.1.2, iCloud for Windows 6.2.2, iTunes 12.6.2, and Wi-Fi Update for Boot Camp 6.1. This includes security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Apple iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and watchOS 3.2.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 59.0.3071.134 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.7.0 resolves a launch bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 2.8.2 improves detections and adds support for certain BIOS updates. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Chrome 60.0.3112.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Java 8u141 is a security update. If you do not have Java installed, or are not sure if you need it, remove it instead.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

DiscordApp 7.21.17 improves automation, spam filtering, various GUI fixes, and more. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

Trillian 6.0.0.61 is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

FileZilla 3.27.0.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.6.2 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

iCloud for Windows 6.2.2 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

MPC HC 1.7.13 updates libraries and now enforces minimum SSE2 support. This should be treated as a security update.
https://mpc-hc.org/downloads/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.14.21968 improves throttling support, keyboard navigation, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 4.72 improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Paint.net 4.0.17 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Avast! Home Edition 17.5.2303 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.4.0 adds support for new protocols, new utility integration, improved UI, bug fixes and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.11.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.89 improves output encoding support, ID3 handling, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.4.8 adds Copy Source support, improves conversion, adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 6.8 improves organization, clipboard assignment, improved Chrome support, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

RoboForm 8.3.9 resolves several bugs, improves High-DPI support, and improves autosave and submission for scripted forms. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

Carbonite 6.3 replaces the restore GUI, improves usability, various restoration changes. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

Cygwin 2.8.2 resolves several bugs and adds new APIs: fls, flsl, flsll. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

Easy2Boot 1.94 resolves several bugs and adds utilities for managing partition assignments. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

SimpleWMIView 1.32 adds quick filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.80 improves visual feedback and resolves a network detection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WSUS Offline 11.0.1 updates sepersedence and obsolescence lists, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Sysmon 6.03 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.19 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.24-117012 resolves many bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

ModSecurity 2.9.2 resolves dozens of bugs and improves stability. This is a security update.
https://github.com/SpiderLabs/ModSecurity/releases

Joomla 3.7.4 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.3 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Akismet 3.3.3 improves resource consumption, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

bbPress 2.5.13 improves support for post_parent__in queries. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.4.0 adds SSL identification for sites. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.2 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.6.5 implements React on groups page. This is not a security update.

Widgets on Pages 1.1.1 removes TurboSidebars from Search results. This plugin is still incompatible with some sites and servers.

WooCommerce 3.1.1 resolves many bugs and improves UI. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/