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If you do not use Automatic Updates, you should visit the site as often as possible and at least once each week” (p. 1).
What else do you, or should you, update other than Windows itself? Whatever software programs (security, Windows, Adobe, WinRar, Skype, and other programs being used) are installed in one’s computer needs regular updating. In some instance, users likewise install other software programs that would identify which programs need updating, such as the Software Informer (Sofware Informer, 2012).
How often should updates be done? As indicated above, if one has opted for automatic updates, whenever there are security related updates, usually once a month, one’s software programs are automatically updated. If users do not use Automatic updates, as abovementioned, frequent visits or at least once every week must be done to determine from the official sites if any updates are released for the users’ updating.
In the article published by the Information Technology of the Columbia University Medical Center (ITCUMC) entitled “Operating System and Software Updates”, updates or patches are crucial to ensure security in one’s personal or professional system and to retain maximum functionality, as required.
programs installed. As advised, “software programs such as Word, Excel, Adobe Reader and Acrobat, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Symantec can also require updates and patches from time to time. Since the OS or software program has to contact its parent company, your computer must be online to get new information about updates” ( ITCUMC, 2011, par. 2).
security threat occurs, such as a widespread virus or worm that affects Windows-based computers, Microsoft will release a corresponding update as soon as possible. Other types of updates can be released whenever they are ready. It’s a good idea to turn on Automatic Updates so that your computer can receive high-priority updates as they become ...