Updating Applications

Boston University recommends that you keep all of your applications up to date in order to reduce vulnerabilities. Here are instructions to update some common applications you may have on your computer.

Adobe Reader

The Current version of Adobe Reader is version 2020.006.20042.Please note that this version will not work until you have all other versions uninstalled. So, make sure you have all other versions uninstalled after you updated Adobe Reader. There are two ways to update Adobe Reader: automatic and manual.

How to update automatically:

  1. Open Adobe Reader
  2. Click on Help
  3. Click on Check for Updates
  4. Follow the instructions on how to install the updates

How to update Manually:

  1. Open Adobe Reader
  2. Click on Help
  3. Click on About Adobe Reader
  4. Go to the Adobe Reader Downloads Page
  5. If the webpage states there is a new update available, click on Install Now
  6. Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions

For more information updating Adobe Reader, visit their website

Adobe Flash Player

The current version of Adobe Flash Player is version 32.0.0.363. Please note that this version will not work until you have all other versions uninstalled. So, make sure you have the other versions of Adobe Flash Player uninstalled after you installed the update.

How to update Adobe Flash Player :

  1. Right-Click on any rich media content in your browser
  2. Click on Global Settings
  3. Click the advanced tab
  4. Click on one of these two options under updates:
    1. “Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)” – this option allows updates to be installed automatically
    2. “Notify me to install updates” – this option will notify you when an update is available and will allow you download and install the update manually.

For more information updating Adobe Flash Player, visit their website 

Itunes

How to update Itunes on Mac OS:

  1. Go to the App Store
  2. At the top right of the App Store Window, click on updates
  3. If any updates are available for Itunes, click install

How to update Itunes on Windows:

  • If you downloaded Itunes from the Microsoft Store, then the updates should be installed automatically. Otherwise you can check for updates in the Microsoft Store
  • If you downloaded Itunes from Apple’s website, Follow these instructions:
    1. Open Itunes
    2. Choose Help on the menu bar at the top of the window
    3. Click on Check for Updates
    4. Follow the prompts to install the latest version

For more information updating Itunes, visit their website

Google Chrome

To check if there is an update:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. At the top right, press on more (the three dots that are aligned upward).
  3. If icon is one of these three colors: Green, Orange, Red. Then, there is an update pending. Otherwise, there is not.

How to install update:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click on more (the three dots that are aligned upward).
  3. Click Update Google Chrome.
  4. Click relaunch.

For more information updating Google Chrome, visit your website 

Java

The current version is Java 8. Please note that this version will not work until you have all other versions uninstalled. So, make Sure you have all other versions of Java uninstalled after you download Java 8.

How to update Java on Mac OS and Windows:

  1. For Mac OS, go to System Preferences and for Windows, go to the settings
  2. Click on the Java Icon to launch the Java Control Panel
  3. Go to the Update Tab
  4. Click on Update Now
  5. Click on Install Update
  6. Click on Install and Relaunch

For more information updating Java, visit their Help Center.