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It’s Thursday, and in case you missed it last week, I’ll be posting tips, advice and other tech related information. I’ve found that too many computer users are simply unaware of how to protect themselves and keep themselves safe online.
The picture on this post refers to the second Tuesday of every month which is the day Microsoft releases updates for its operating systems.
Thus, today’s tip is simple, yet amazingly ignored by most users: Update, update update! A computer that hasn’t been updated with current software is vulnerable to all sorts of hacks and security flaws.
Last week I posted about browsers that people use when visiting my blog. I checked a few minutes ago and of the 74% of users that viewed my site with Internet Explorer, 68% used version 6.0, 31% used 7.0 and 1% used 5.23.
Internet Explorer 7.0 has been available for months and provides a more secure browsing experience and yet 68% of the people visiting this page haven’t yet updated their browser. This isn’t good. If that is you, immediately go and download it here.
So how do you keep your computer up to date? For your operating system (this applies to XP), go to Start>Control Panel>Security Center. Once you are here, make sure that Automatic Updates is “On”. Then click on the link to mange settings and adjust them so that “Automatic” is selected. The time isn’t critical, but you can change it if you want it to reflect your computer usage.
Whenever a program asks to update, let it. Here are a few that you should periodically check:
- iTunes (has regular updates)
- Windows Media Player (the current version is 11)
- Java Player (check here)
- Flash Player (check here (scroll down to check the latest version for your system)
- Security Programs (Norton, McAfee, AVG, etc. all should have “update” buttons in their menus)
- Microsoft Office (these programs are not updated with the regular Windows update; go here to check your software. Note: this MUST be done in Internet Explorer)
There are several other programs that could be listed, but the key is to let them update and occasionally check them to make sure you are as secure as possible. This is such a simple thing to do, but too many people simply ignore it and make a huge mistake in the process.
Update, update, update! I can’t say it enough.