Updates and Upgrades

Software updates are sort of like vitamins. Not everyone thinks about them, but everyone needs them, and they can make a big difference in keeping a system healthy. Let’s take a quick minute to talk about updates.

Don’t ignore updates! We get busy and they always seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times, but most updates are primarily security updates, so run them ASAP

Be on the lookout for fake update warnings. Bad guys use those to trick us.

If you don’t run those updates, you’re lagging behind and are more vulnerable.  Set your devices and systems to auto-update.

Never use unlicensed versions of software or an operating system – they frequently carry malware. Only download software updates from reputable sources.

Keeping Your Software Fresh

Updates help keep a piece of software or a system current. Because new threats are being developed all the time, manufacturers will send out fixes and updates to help protect their users from new threats — or just from problems they didn’t find when the software was first made. If someone discovers a security problem in a program and a user doesn’t download the update to fix the problem, they are basically leaving a door open. You take a big step in protecting your system when you are smart about updates. Here are some tips. 

First, always update the big three – your security software, your web browser and your operating system. Those three are absolutely critical for keeping you and your information safe! 

Second, you can enable auto-update. Check your programs’ settings; the option is usually in there to automatically download new updates whenever one is available.

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