Posted 10 January 2009 - 08:06 PM
These may be considered dumb questions - but sometimes I'm a dumb user - so, oh well.
I've been really diligent about keeping up with the latest Windows and application security patches (thanks Secunia!), and run Norton Internet Security (at least until subscription runs out), and run Spybot and update it weekly. I feel like I'm mostly doing the right things for protection.
My first question is: what about backup drives? I'm running Vista Home Premium, with Office 2007. I ran XP on a previous machine, and have Office 2002/3 stuff, Adobe stuff, and other files from my old XP machine, etc., on a Seagate external drive, as well as some older application versions on the D:\ backup drive from when I set up my new Vista machine. Should I be updating applications on those too, or is doing it on my c:\drive sufficient? If I update versions of apps on the Seagate or d:\ drive, do I run the risk of not being able to get back to my old XP data someday?
My second question is: I update the Java JRE stuff when it says a new update is available, but my recend Secunia scan says that I have five older versions that are vulnerable (some on the Seagate drive). I'd assumed that updating Java on my c:\ drive would update the necessary existing file(s) and I have the most recent version installed but there are also "old" ones there. Should I manually delete the oldies on both drives, or are they "inactive" (for lack of a better word). I probably goes without saying that I'm not sure what Java JRE really is. I just try to update it when it's identified as vulnerable.
Thanks so much for your assistance in helping me out with this.