Up-to-date on updates: Keeping your software fresh
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.
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’re basically leaving a door open.
You take a big step in protecting your system when you’re smart about updates. Here are some tips.
- Always update the big three:
- your security software
- your web browser
- your operating system
Those three are absolutely critical for keeping you and your information safe!
- Enable auto-update. Check your programs’ Settings; the option is usually in there to automatically download new updates whenever one’s available.