Update Early, Update Often

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update-early-update-oftenIn our hack-a-day world, it pays to be on guard. That includes being alert when it comes to software updates for your computer.

Microsoft still offers security patches on the second Tuesday of each month. With newer models, you can set them to auto-update and forget about the hassle of doing the updates yourself.

Adobe also recently released some significant updates for its Flash program—software that has filled more holes in recent years than you can imagine. Some browsers now embed and update Flash for users because it’s so riddled with vulnerabilities. This is the reason why Apple’s Steve Jobs refused to put Flash on the iPhone when it debuted.

Don’t know whether your Flash software is up to date? Here’s a link to Adobe’s auto analysis page.

Remember, hackers count on slow adopters, and there are many users out there still employing outdated operating systems like Windows XP—a product that Microsoft stopped updating several years ago. That means no patches, no security upgrades, nothing except a playground for folks who lurk on the dark web.

A significant number of computer users are loath to update—ever. They resist learning new features and won’t update even if software is offered for free. Microsoft launched Windows 10 over a year ago, giving PC users months to take advantage of a free download. Yet to date, Windows 10 has made only modest inroads into the Microsoft world. After the free period, the company enabled automatic updates for Windows 10 so users would stay fully patched and more secure. Lots of users squawked and scrambled to disable the auto feature. GoSquared.com tracks Windows traffic and as of November 22, 2016, it estimates that only 36% of all traffic is using the Windows 10 OS.

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