Today is Patch Tuesday for April 2014 and Adobe and Microsoft each issued updates to fix critical security vulnerabilities in their software today. Adobe patched its Flash Player software and Adobe AIR. Microsoft issued four updates to address at least 11 unique security flaws, including its final batch of fixes for Office 2003 and for systems powered by Windows XP.

Two of the four patches that Microsoft issued come with a “critical” rating (the most severe), meaning cyber criminals or malware can exploit the flaws to break into vulnerable systems without any help from users.

Your PC will should download the Microsoft patches automatically, but the updates for Adobe and Flash Player many times have to be manually downloaded and installed when you see the alert popup in the lower left hand corner of your screen.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday for April 2014 is the FINAL time XP will receive these updates.  Computer users should be very concerned about the security and privacy of their personal data on any PC running Windows XP and should immediately start making plans to upgrade. 


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