Install security updates immediately to keep your System up-to-date. Security vulnerabilities are a main target for malicious software and hackers to break into systems and to abuse them or the stored information.

To achieve an effective protection, it is essential that patches and updates are installed promptly.

In addition to the operating system you should always keep the used applications (including their extensions / plugins) up-to-date. Also security-relevant driver and firmware updates should be installed immediately. If possible automatic update services should be used.

The integrity and authenticity of the security updates and patches must be ensured (use trusted sources) and check them always with a malware protection program.

Software without vendor support (End-of-life) should no longer be used.

The University's internal Windows systems can use the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) from Microsoft to get updates.

All systems that are integrated into the centralized desktop management of the SCC, will receive all updates for the installed Software automatically. 

Specialised programs or Websites can be used to verify that all programs on a System are up-to-date.

Good examples:

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)

  • free for purely private use,
  • for Windows systems from Windows XP SP3 (32 - and 64-bit),
  • good analysis,
  • extensive support of installed programs,
  • regular checks,
  • automatic detection of changes,
  • possibility of automatic updates,
  • for installation and execution administrative rights required. (automatic system monitoring, update information and update possibility with the so-called FileHippo App Manager)