Recent Security Updates to WordPress, Norton, and Google Chrome
When it comes to the software that you use, devices you own and the most valuable marketing asset to an organization – the website, staying informed and on top of updates is critical to ensure security as well as performance. Updates are commonly made to improve the user experience, however, many updates are released to solve critical security holes in a program or device. With all of the vulnerabilities today in technology, it’s a good idea to keep current on at least a weekly basis to protect your business and personal affairs.
For example, a recent alert from US-CERT notified that WordPress 4.6 and earlier versions has two vulnerabilities that can allow an attacker to take control of your website remotely so if you have not upgraded to 4.6.1 yet it is recommended that you do so to avoid this from happening.
WordPress 4.6.1 is the security and maintenance release that handles cross-site scripting and a path traversal vulnerability you can read the full article here.
Another security warning that came in this month is in regards to Symantec and Norton antivirus containing critical vulnerabilities that were released allowing a remote attacker to take control of your system; because Norton and Symantec are widely used antivirus programs, this is one you will certainly want to pay attention too. Click here for a full list of the vulnerabilities as well as the solution.
Last but certainly not least. Google released security updates for Chrome to Version 53.0.2785.89 also addressing vulnerabilities that can allow an attacker to remotely take control of any affected system. User and administrators are encouraged to review system status ASAP, and you can find the full details here.
When it comes to your website, devices, and applications you always want to stay updated on the vulnerabilities that could have a serious impact on what you deem as safe and secure. If you don’t have the right systems in place or the right team taking care of this for you, then it’s important to stay on top of any vulnerabilities out there that can affect your systems, especially if your data currently resides on a mobile device or an in-house infrastructure.
If you’re not currently already partnered with a website development firm or just need to upgrade, or optimize for mobile, partner with a team that will make sure you are not only protected but also optimized for the best performance. For more information on how you can build a winning strategy contact us.