What the Tech? Critical updates for smartphone, computer programs | Southeastern Pennsylvania

No matter what devices or software programs you use, something needs updating. In just the past two weeks, Apple, Windows, Mozilla, and Google introduced several updates. Even Zoom needs an update. And sooner rather than later.

Apple issued updates for the Apple Watch, iPads, iPhones, Safari, Apple TV, iTunes, and the Mac. Some are critical security updates to patch vulnerabilities hackers may already be using to compromise phones and computers. If you still have iTunes on a Windows computer, Apple says a malicious image can allow hackers to remotely install execution code on Windows computers.

You’ll know if your device needs updating by checking for a red number above the settings app.

Google issued a critical update for its Chrome browser earlier this month. Android phones and devices need to be updated for security concerns. Mozilla released an update to Firefox browsers to patch nine vulnerabilities. Later white-hat hackers discovered more. Firefox has another update to fix those security holes.

And if you use Zoom for video conferencing, make sure the software is updated. The company said hackers could execute an attack on individual computers even without the computer owner clicking on something. You’ll find the Zoom update by opening the program. If an update is available, it will be displayed at the top of the page.

While you’re at it, check for updates on other devices such as Wi-Fi routers, security cameras, and smart TVs. I know it’s a hassle to keep up with updates so if you can choose to install updates automatically, do that.