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Software expiration

Is some of your software near or past its expiration date? Software isn't good for as long as it used to be. Security updates need to be applied regularly, and older software must be upgraded to continue receiving patches. Please check the table below to see if your software is still being patched or needs to be upgraded, and contact us for assistance.

We're all busy, and patches and upgrades can easily be overlooked. Square Circle Consulting offers remote patch management, a service which improves security, performance and reliability by patching the most vulnerable software on a regular basis. It also includes checks for over 100 computer health issues such as disk errors, faulty RAM and backup functionality. Please contact us to learn more and schedule updates.


Updated 8/11/2018

Software
How to check Oldest version
patched
Recommendations
macOS version and
updates
10.11 until fall 2018
Upgrade to patched OS after backing up and reviewing compatibility. Install OS and security updates. Replace Macs which can't run patched OS.
Airport
version and updates
7.7.9 for 802.11ac
7.6.9 for 802.11n
Update firmware. Replace routers which aren't being updated.
Other network devices
check manufacturer website check manufacturer website Replace network devices which aren't being updated.
Acrobat
or Adobe Reader
version and updates DC until April 2020 Upgrade to DC. Previous versions should be uninstalled. Install updates.
Chrome version and updates latest version Check version- should auto-update. Older versions are dropped from support when the new versions are released.
Flash Player version and updates latest version Uninstall Flash Player (if not removable, disable it) and use Google Chrome to view Flash content. This helps to prevent Flash exploits from compromising the entire computer.
Firefox version and updates latest version Check version- should auto-update. Older versions are dropped from support when the new versions are released.
Java version and updates latest version Oracle strongly recommends that you upgrade to the most recent release and uninstall previous versions. We recommend backing up before uninstalling.
Microsoft Office for Mac
version and updates 2016 until October 2020
Upgrade to Office 2016.
Microsoft Windows version and updates see lifecycle fact sheet Upgrade to patched OS after backing up and reviewing compatibility of existing hardware and software. Set Windows to automatically install updates. Shut down or restart periodically to allow security updates to be applied.
Microsoft Office for Windows
version and updates 2010 Service Pack 2 until October 2020 Upgrade to Office 2016.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
version and updates latest 11.x version Older versions should be upgraded. Microsoft no longer provides security updates or technical support for older versions.