Keep Up to Date with Patches and Updates

Keep the patches up to date! Most vendors provide simple notification and update procedures.

Check for patches for brand new software and equipment. New items often have undiscovered software issues, until they are released to the public. Even if you just bought brand new software or a brand new device, check for updates.

Operating System Updates

MacOS notifies you when updates are available. You have the option to always update automatically.

Linux uses Software Updater which is usually located in System Settings -> Software Management -> Software Updates.

Microsoft Windows Update service will scan a computer and provide the user with a selection of updates tailored just for their environment.  You can find this service by clicking the Start button and searching for Windows Update.

NOTE:  It is recommended that you upgrade to a current operating system to be able to take advantage of current services and current security patches.

Application Updates

For MacOS X, the following software updaters are available:

- appversion (4.99 € ) ->
- MacUpdate (free to try, $20.00) -
- Software Update - accessible from the Apple menu, will automatically open the Mac App Store applications and activate the Updates tab.  The application checks all the apps you've downloaded from the Mac App Store to make sure they're up to date. 

For Linux, we recommend yum and/or apt-get.

For Windows, we recommend using SUMo (Software Update Monitor) in conjunction with DUMo (Driver Update Monitor).  Both products can be found at

Other Useful Links: (this link will list alternatives to FlexeraPSI (formerly SecuniaPSI) which has reached end-of-life and was formerly our preferred method for updating 3rd party software)

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