Apply Updates

Apply Updates

Set your software to auto-update. Install updates, and restart if needed.

apply updates iconMillions of lines of code are written every day. With so much code, there are bound to be bugs- but some bugs put your data at risk. We call those vulnerabilities. Software updates fix the code that makes us vulnerable. Follow the links below to learn how to keep your systems at Harvard and at home secure and up to date. 

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Update Harvard-Managed Systems

The various schools and units within Harvard provide support for many systems through system management software. The best way to get updates for your Harvard managed system is through that software. 

Service Desk Calls

Local IT support helps keep your computer up to date and secure. No Harvard support service team will ever send an update as an E-mail attachment. They will not have a vendor call your to install a file.

If you are ever unsure about an unsolicited support call or email, hang up and contact your local service desk directly.

Staying Managed

If you don't have security software running on your computer, contact your local service desk to get it installed. 

  • School: HUIT Managed Systems

  • Windows Management: SCCM

  • OS X Management: JAMF

Rebooting Schedule

Reboot weekly so your computer stays updated. Feel free to shut down your computer at night.

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Update Self-Managed Systems

Harvard managed systems aren't the only ones that need to stay up-to-date. Here are some great resources for keeping your personal systems updated and secure. 

Operating Systems Updates

Windows Operating System Updates

Microsoft Update handles updates for installed Microsoft products.

Learn to Use Windows Automatic Updates

OS X Operating System Updates

Apple provides updates for OS X and App Store applications through Mac App Store.

Learn to Use Apple Updates

Application Updates

Windows Application Update

Microsoft Update provides updates for products purchased through the Microsoft Store. For other updates, you may consider SUMo, a free software update notifier for personal use. 

Learn More About SUMo

OS X Application Updates

Mac Informer is a tool for keeping track of updates for your Mac, including software that wasn't installed from the Mac App Store. It is free for personal use. 

Learn more about Mac Informer

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Product End of Life

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Nothing Lasts Forever

If the updates stop coming, does that mean there are no more bugs? No! Manufacturers eventually stop supporting their older products as new ones replace them. If you’re using outdated products, plan to upgrade as soon as you can. These include:

  • iPhone 5 or earlier
  • Samsung phones 2016 or earlier
  • Google phones 2016 or earlier
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • MacOS 10.12 Sierra or earlier