How to Update Common Software


How to Update Common Software

It is very important to update common applications as hackers and theieves exploit holes in these applications in order to comprimise your computer or steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and passwords. For more information, read this from ITS.

Adobe Reader

To update Adobe Reader, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Adobe Reader Homepage

2. Click “Get the latest version” from the list on the right.

3. Uncheck anything in the “Also install” section.

4. Click the download button.

5. Follow installation instructions.

Adobe Flash

1. Determine the Flash version you have installed by visiting the official About Adobe Flash Player page.

2. If your version of Flash is out of date, visit the Player Download Center link on the About Adobe Flash Player page and follow the installation instructions.

3. If you use more than one web browsing program, repeat this process with each additional browser.


1. Determine if you have the current version of Java: Visit the website,, then click the link “Do I have Java?”. You will be told if you need to update your version of Java and given the opportunity to download it.

2. Click “Download Java Now” and follow the installation instructions.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch Firefox

2. Goto Help -> Check for Updates

3. You will be told whether or not you need to update your version of Firefox and be given the opportunity to update.

Internet Explorer

1. Download the latest version of Internet Explorer from Microsoft here.

2. Follow installation instructions.

Google Chrome

1. Launch Google Chrome

2. Click the Wrench Icon -> About Google Chrome. 3. You will be notified if you have the latest version and will guide you through updating. 4. If you get a message saying the update server cannot be reached, download the latest version here.


1. Go to the Safari Download page

3. Uncheck “Keep me up to date…”

4. Click Download Now.

3. Follow the installation instructions.