Let’s face it; some things in life just need some updating from our cellphones to our home décor to our hairstyles. There’s another thing in your life to update that’s even more critical – your computer software. However, despite the fact that our computers often remind us to do so, many of us don’t take the time to download updates.
With the number of software programs computers run today and the growth and sophistication in computer hacking, failure to update your software programs could affect the performance of your computer and even more worrisome, put your identity at serious risk.
Here are some important tips to remember about updating software:
- Stay current. You should install software upgrades for your operating system, browsers, antivirus software, flash players, PDF readers, as well as software products such as Microsoft Office®. Keeping your software current will ensure maximum performance and protection.
- Be vigilant. Do not download updates from sites and emails that are not from the software developer. In general, software developers do not share their updates with third-party sites. If you aren’t sure if a particular update is legitimate, go directly to the developer’s site.
- Watch for pop-ups. Many times, your developer will notify you that you need to update software via a pop-up message. If you receive a pop-up, just verify that it is from the developer.
- Be careful of email software updates. As a rule, developers do not send you software updates by email, so if you receive an email telling you to download an update, do not click on the link. Often times, the links will download malware on your computer.
- Do manual checks. If you don’t receive automatic updates from developers, you can periodically check for software updates on your own by checking the version of the software you are running.
Take the time to check your software today! You’ll be glad you did.