Often troublesome and frequent updates of the operating system is one of the common features of Windows computers. These can take a long time to install and download. If your Internet connection is already slow, it may affect the way web pages are located. load and how other software applications work. However, these updates are essential to the security of your computer.
When your operating system was released for the first time, it was tested and all detected problems were corrected. But since the release date, many problems have been discovered, some of which have been discovered by Microsoft and others by hackers or other malicious people.
Issues requiring an update are those that pose a security risk. There will be a way to exploit them that someone could use against you, which could allow a virus to get installed, to steal some of your personal information or even to use the vulnerability of the system to take control of your computer.
An anti-virus software will help you overcome some of these weaknesses by providing you with real-time protection against threats, as well as by quarantining and deleting infected files downloaded. However, they will not protect against other threats.
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It's here that the updates come into play. Microsoft publish all updates as they are developed and send them to all users. Your system can be configured to automatically download and install updates or to download and notify you, but not install or do anything. Leaving the user the choice of which updates to install and when.
Unfortunately, choosing settings other than automatic updates exposes you to these vulnerabilities for a longer period of time. Allowing the system to support its own updates can be a nuisance, but it is the best way to maintain the security of your computer as part of your overall maintenance routine.
The other major consideration is the software installed on your computer. Software may also contain vulnerabilities that, once found, may be exploited in the same manner as operating system vulnerabilities.
Programs such as Adobe's Java Runtime Environment and Flash seem to update particularly often. In the case of software updates, it is important to ensure that the outdated version of the program does not remain on your computer, which is a permanent threat. Older versions of software such as Flash should be removed as soon as they are replaced by a newer version.
Of course, you must also take other steps to completely protect your computer and the files stored there. Keeping a firewall enabled and an installed, up-to-date and functional anti-virus program is also essential to prevent viruses and the like malware infections that can populate your computer. However, the importance of running regular software updates should not be underestimated.