If you are connected to the internet (which just
about everyone is) you would have noticed different
programs requesting updates to be downloaded,
these updates appear as boxes or balloons
popping up on your screen. Some updates happen
automatically and some will ask you to install them.
Below are list of commonly seen updates on your
computer and their benefits.
Adobe ® Flash Player: This add-on helps with
viewing video content in your web browser. Sites like
YouTube and Facebook use Flash Player. Updating
Flash Player will improve security and speed
performance when viewing websites with videos.
Adobe ® Acrobat Reader: This is a useful and
common program. It is used to view documents
which are downloaded online or attached to emails.
Updating this is recommended, as it allows you to
open newer Acrobat files.
Java ™ : This is another add-on for your web
browser. Recently Java had a major security flaw
which may have potentially allowed hackers in to
your computer. Java released an update which fixed
this. Therefore I would recommend their updates.
Windows ®Updates: This covers a large group of
fixes and improvements for your computers
operating system. We recommend doing these
updates. Most of these updates are large in size and
require you to restart your computer. These
updates can be installed manually or scheduled
Antivirus Updates: Often called virus definitions,
your virus programme looks to these to take
notice of any new viral threats. These are highly
recommended updates, as an antivirus is only as
good as it updates. These are normally automatic.
When a software company releases updates they
are normally harmless and actually improve your
computers performance and security. On rare
occasions updates can cause your computer trouble.
If this happens, see a tech in store today to get it