Using the most up-to-date software on your computer ensures the machine will work at optimal speed, efficiency, performance, and security so you can be more productive. New and improved operating system updates typically include easier usability, extra features, and improved functionality that are not available on previous versions. Software companies also release new versions of programs and updates to help protect users against malware and other security issues. Here’s what you need to know about making sure your computer software is up to date.
Do I need to update my software?
In short, yes. Not updating your operating system can cause major problems—like viruses, spyware, malware, cybercrime, crashes, freezing, and poor performance—and may even put your personal data at risk. You may choose not to update your computer software because you think to yourself, “I’m not a techie person. What if I screw something up with my computer?” This line of thinking, while perhaps accurate, is something you really do not need to worry about. It is very difficult to make a mistake when updating your software, and making the updates can save you a lot of trouble down the road.
Checking Your Software
If you’re not sure how current your computer software is, there are plenty of tools available online to check its status. These tools can help you with fast and easy updating. Some popular and efficient online software update tools are FileHippo App Manager 2.0, Ninite 4.5.2, Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 3.0, and Software Informer Client 1.4.
How to Update Your Computer Software
Updating the software on an Apple computer is relatively easy. In your System Preferences, click on Software Update. That will show you if any new software updates are available, and you can effortlessly walk through the steps to upgrade the software.
Although some updates will install automatically in Windows if you are using a PC, that is not always the case with all program updates. Luckily, though, Microsoft updates for PCs are also fairly straightforward. To access software updates, you must be connected to the internet and using Internet Explorer. From the Tools menu, click on Windows Update and follow the steps from there.
Although keeping your operating system up to date is important, you should also make sure that any additional software is updated, too. Any programs you have installed on your computer, such as web browsers, Zoom, the Adobe Creative Suite, etc., should be regularly updated.
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