Scams are running amuck hoping to infect your computer and steal your information. It’s easy to misunderstand what updates are important, and safe, and which ones aren’t. Gone are the days to ignoring updates because they are “too hard.” Software and computer companies have made it easier than ever to update your software so there’s no excuse.
Updates You Need:
Operating System Updates
Keeping your operating system updated is one of the best ways to protect yourself from viruses and malware. Only update your operating system if it is from your computer itself. Never install a operating system update from the internet on your computer unless it’s from a trusted source. Consider setting up automatic upgrades to keep your computer updated without even thinking about it.
In addition to your operating system your software programs should be kept up-to-date for the best experience. Most programs will let you know when an update is available or you can install a software tracking software to keep an eye on them for you. Keeping your word-processing programs and other softwares as up-to-date as possible will keep things running smoothly, but is not critical.
All PC users need to have an antivirus program running and fully updated. Mac users are less prone to viruses and can take or leave antivirus software. Avast is an excellent antivirus software for PCs. The trick is to keep the software updated. Your antivirus software is only as good as the most recent update. Download Avast for free here.
Updates to Avoid:
Updates from Popups
When browsing the internet never download an unknown software or update. Popups are riddled with spammy updates trying to trick you into downloading an unsafe software. Use common sense and avoid any software download you didn’t initiate from the internet. Using a safe browser, such as Chrome, will help keep you safe from dangerous files. Avoid using Internet Explorer at all costs. Microsoft no longer keeps this program updated and it is incredibly unsafe to use as a browser. Only use Internet Explorer to visit trusted sites. To keep yourself fully protected install an ad-blocker add-on or extension.
A bit of common sense and some added security will keep you and your computer safe. Never trust unrequested software updates or downloads from the internet and install an antivirus software to keep your computer protected in case of a stray click.
If you have any other questions about updating your computer, give us a call! We would love to help you figure out what updates are important and what updates you should avoid.