Ask any user of Windows what their biggest annoyances are, and towards the top of the list you’ll always find ‘updates‘.
- Why do we always have to update Windows?
- What is Java?
- I’m always updating Flash Player – why?
Apart from being a fairly regular irritation for most computer users, updates are actually very important. Apart from bringing you new and updated functionality to the products that you have installed on your computer, the main reason why we should all be updating our computers is security.
How do updates effect the computer’s security?
Most modern viruses have been engineered to attack your system to either steal information (bank passwords, etc) or to try and defraud you (by telling you to buy their security products, or pretending to be the Police and asking you to pay a fine).
Many of us – in fact, hopefully all of us – have an anti-virus product, but these bugs still get in. How?
Well, they exploit security holes within products such as Flash to attack the computer – and they can normally get in underneath the anti-virus protection’s radar and disable it! Scary stuff!
By keeping things like Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Java and Windows up to date – along with your anti-virus protection – you will minimise your exposure to any new viruses that are released to attack vulnerabilities in these products.
So – the rule of the day:
Don’t update tomorrow those programs that can be updated today!