Following on from my last blog post about updates, I’ve been asked what the best way is to keep on top of all the updates that are needed.
It’s quite tricky to ensure that you have all of your software up to date, especially if you’ve clicked away one of those pesky ‘update now’ messages and it won’t come back!
Follow my three step, three minute guide below once a week and you’ll be surfing safe and up to date!
Craig’s Three Minute Update Procedure
Step 1 – Use Ninite to update vulnerable products
Ninite is a great tool which can be used to update many programs on your computer, automatically. All you need to do is visit http://www.ninite.com and click the tick boxes against any programs you want to update (or install on your computer) and Ninite will provide you with a small download file. Run this, and the Ninite installer will download/update all the products you’ve chosen – how cool is that?!?!
At a minimum, I would suggest you tick the following items (as they are all security risks that should be updated):
- Any web browsers you have got installed at present (Chrome/Firefox/Safari/Opera)
- Flash and Flash (IE)
- Reader (Adobe Reader – Under the documents section)
Select any other items you know that you have got installed, like Quicktime or iTunes, and press the ‘Get Installer’ button.
Save the .exe file to your desktop – you can run this every week to make sure all your programs are up to date without having to re-visit the Ninite website!
Step 2 – Update your anti-virus program
This should happen automatically, but it’s never a bad thing to double check that your anti-virus program is staying up to date.
Open your anti-virus software by double clicking on it’s icon, and then find the link or button that says ‘Update now’ – if it’s not obvious then have a quick search on Google for ‘How to update *****’ – where ***** is the name of your anti-virus program.
Step 3 – Update Windows
Again, this should happen automatically when you shut down your computer – but quite often there are certain updates that need you to accept their licence conditions, so they don’t automatically install.
To check for updates, click on the Start Menu, and then ‘All Programs’ and ‘Windows Update’. Press the check for updates button, or if the screen is green like the screenshot to the right then you’re all up to date – well done!
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