Third-party plugins and extensions are programs or add-ons that
are developed by someone other than the browser or computer’s manufacturer, but
are designed to work within the selected software.
These add-ons have nearly become a necessity when browsing the
web and are heavily used in sites such as Blackboard Learn and Lynda training
videos . However, it is important to
note that these plugins must be kept up to date just like any other software on
your machine. Recently, major
vulnerabilities were found in both Java and Flash. Browser extensions and plugins such as these
are constantly being updated to patch these vulnerabilitis. Allowing these
browser add-ons to remain out of date can open up a device to attacks through
known exploitations. Moreover, some plugins may need to be disabled between
updates to protect from newly discovered vulnerabilities before they have been
fixed. As such it is important to stay
up to date and remained informed about both current and upcoming patches.
Java and Adobe Flash Player can both be downloaded straight
from their websites to ensure that they are up to date with the most recent
versions. To make sure your browser has the current releases of these applications,
visit the download pages for Java and Flash
With the increasing number of available browser addons
available, vulnerabilities are found regularly.
Because of this, developers patch their software and release updates
regularly. It is up to the user to apply
For specific information on how to enable or disable Java,
visit the official help page and navigate to the instructions for
any browser that you use.