Updates are essential to your computer's performance and safety. Some updates are automatic, while others must be initiated by the user. Learn what, exactly, these updates are all about and why they're so important.
The Basics of Computer Updates
Updates are necessary for proper computer maintenance. Today, we'll talk about three main types of computer updates: updates for Windows operating systems, software maintenance, and new versions of software. Each is fundamental to the operation of your computer and its programs. Do not neglect the opportunity to update your operating system or software. As long as the update is safe, it will enhance the operation of your computer and its programs.
Unfortunately, wrongdoers sometimes use these updates as a vehicle to transfer malicious software to unsuspecting computer users. In fact, hackers have become so adept at this deceptive tactic that they have devised ways to make harmful software look exactly like a regular computer update. Computer users should proceed cautiously when updates are presented.
Windows Operating System Updates
Windows versions up to Windows 7 provided users with the option of choosing whether updates would be automatically installed. This option is no longer available for Windows 10. This version forces the automatic installation of operating system updates. At most, the user can choose to postpone these updates for a short period of time. Such updates can prove a bit annoying, yet they are necessary to ensure your computer functions as it should.
Software Maintenance Updates
All computer users should have a general understanding of the software on their computers. This understanding includes the names of the software programs and the appearance of their icons. This basic understanding is necessary to ensure the user applies truly legitimate software updates. Evildoers will attempt to fool computer users with pop ups and other phony notices that claim to be legitimate updates but are actually expertly veiled attempts at transmitting a virus. If a pop up prompts you to install an update, do NOT automatically click yes!
Computer users should be aware of the software they use to combat viruses. Write down the name of your computer's anti-virus program and the appearance of its icon on a sheet of paper, and keep it by your computer. This way, if a malicious program attempts to replicate a commonly used anti-virus program, you will know if it is legitimate. Be sure to keep your anti-virus program updated with the latest version so it can thwart all potential threats.
These are examples of REAL pop up windows from three of the most common software programs.
New Software Versions
If you're using standard, one-time purchase software, you should still update it regularly; in general, you'll probably need to buy a new version every 2–4 years. If you wait for a few years before you transition from one version of software to the next, there will likely be highly distinctive updates that offer you new features or a whole new look. For example, upgrading from Microsoft Office 2013 to Microsoft Office 2016 will add numerous new options, aesthetic improvements, and other enhancements through a fairly extensive update.
With the advent of cloud software, like Microsoft Office 365, one of the major advantages that justifies the monthly subscription cost is that your software is always kept up to date automatically.
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