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Patch Tuesday Roundup for March 2014

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Today is Patch Tuesday for March 2014. Microsoft released five bulletins, two of which are considered critical. The critical updates include a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer, which addresses a zero-day exploit first announced on February 19, 2014. For more information about this month’s updates, see Microsoft’s Security Bulletin Summary for March 2014.

Adobe also released an update for its Flash Player. For more information, see Adobe’s Security Bulletins and Advisories page.

ITS recommends that you keep your computers and other devices up to date with the latest security fixes in order to protect your devices and your data from malicious code and unauthorized access. For instructions on setting your computer to automatically check for updates, visit the ITS Security page.

Note that Microsoft will end support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. This means that the company will no longer provide security or other OS updates to protect XP users from malware and other threats. Additionally, new programs and upgraded versions of existing programs may not function properly on XP systems.

ITS encourages users of Windows XP to upgrade to a newer operating system as soon as possible. For more information, see End of Support Date for Windows XP.

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