It is always important to update all of the software you use with the latest security updates and patches as soon as they are available. Numerous hacks and data breaches could have been avoided if individuals as well as companies installed security updates when they became available. Hackers take advantage of the fact that many of us procrastinate installing security software to our great detriment.  Recently the makers of Apache Struts software issued a new security update.  I generally would not be making you aware of this particular security patch because Apache Struts is a mainstream web framework, used primarily by Fortune 100 companies in education, government, financial services, retail and media.  It is not the type of software that you or I would generally use.  However, the recent release of a security patch for Apache Struts caught my eye because as I reported to you three years ago, the major data breach at Equifax that affected 148 million people involved a security flaw in Apache Struts software for which a patch had already been issued months earlier, but Equifax had not yet installed.

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I will often report to you about the latest important security updates and patches with links to the particular security patches and updates for you to access, however, whenever possible you should choose to have all of your software updates installed automatically so you never have to be concerned about delays in downloading and installing the latest critical updates.  Here is a link that informs you how to do this for your Microsoft products.  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/311047/how-to-keep-your-windows-computer-up-to-date

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