We are usually rather familiar with patches on our computer systems, including:
- smart phones
However, some other devices that need patching include:
- wireless access points
- smart watches
- other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which could even include your fridge or healthcare devices.
On a conventional computer, such as one running Windows or Mac OSX, individual software packages also need to be kept up to date. You should pay particular attention to software which interacts with the internet, such as:
- email clients (Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, etc)
- web browser (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc).
- Adobe Flash
- PDF readers (Adobe Acrobat, FoxIt Reader, etc)
For other platforms, such as tablets and phones, the deviceís package manager will track updates automatically.