Should you Update your Computer Software?

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Historically I think most computer techs and IT pros agree that updating computer software is one good way to avoid security threats.  However that made not always be the case now.

With Java, Adobe, Microsoft and your Anti-Virus Security (not to mention other programs) constantly updating and/or checking for updates many modern virus’ can enter your pc thru and update.  I personally now update all of my programs except Trend Micro manually during a scheduled quarterly or bi-annual maintenance time and then turn off all updates except Trend.

JavaDownloadThere are several reasons but the 2 most important are that if a virus enters my PC from an update I want it to be when my work is caught up and I am not in the middle of a project.  The second reason is my network bandwidth (Internet Speed) is not being used by programs constantly checking for updates that I may not really need.

According to a recent study by a Danish security firm Secunia, US Windows users remain badly exposed to dozens of vulnerabilities.  The worst was from Java, a program required by many websites for a user to interpret or view Internet data. In total, Java 7 suffered a humungous 145 vulnerabilities in the third quarter of 2014 alone.  In second place was Apple QuickTime 7 and 3rd place Adobe Reader.

These programs while they seem to be updating all the time still leave the door open for existing vulnerabilities.

I have also noticed that when updating some programs you must “uncheck” the free gifts that come along with you having to ask for them, unless you want them of course.  Gifts like toolbars, Internet search filters, and other gifts I would classify as possible malware or spyware.  The Google Chrome Browser may be an exception to this suggestion.

Consider being very careful about your updates and only updating when you really need to, or consider having them all turned off and letting your PC tech perform all updates at one time during an annual checkup / cleanup.  This is best performed when your annual anti-virus is expiring so that can be updates at the same time.

Dale Poston

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Rock Hill, SC

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