As part of the security practices you should be using on your computer (see Security System below), here’s a security tip that will only take five minutes to set up on your computer and will reduce your exposure to computer security threats. Setup your computer operating system and browser to have automatic updates downloaded. You may ask why updating Windows and Internet Explorer will help protect your computer against malware. The answer is that most of today’s updates address known vulnerabilities in the Microsoft software on your computer. In other words, the vulnerable code is modified so that the potential security “hole” is closed to mitigate the vulnerability; therefore making your computer safe from one less vulnerability and it’s potential attacks.
Here is some help, from Microsoft, on how to set your computer up for automatic updates:
Note that you may want to decide which updates to install rather than installing all of them. If so, do not select Install updates automatically, and you will be given an opportunity to review the updates and select which ones to install and not to install. If you’re not an experienced user, I would follow the instructions and select Install updates automatically.
Enabling automatic updating is part of an overall “security system” of best practices you should have in place. Here is a good example of such best practices, it’s from www.onguardonline.gov .
- Protect your personal information. It’s valuable.
- Know who you’re dealing with.
- Use security software that updates automatically.
- Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.
- Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.
- Back up important files.
- Learn what to do in an e-mergency
Here’s a link to a Microsoft security tips page that will help educate you on the security options you have.
Remember, be safe when using the Internet…it’s dangerous out there.
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