February was a busy month in regards to computer security. This edition will contain some basic steps that can help keep your computer running smoothly and help reduce security issues.
Just as your car needs oil changes every so often, a Windows computer needs updates. Some of the updates that: Microsoft, JAVA & Adobe release are critical for keeping your system safe.
Updates are fairly straight forward and most users can tackle these basic tasks without the need for an IT person. However, if you are unsure or are not comfortable, please don't postpone your PC updates but ask for help from an office mate or call your IT person. (Always make sure you have your data securely backed up before starting any PC maintenance).
1. Windows updates: Most computers are set to download updates automatically and install - but it is always a good idea to manually check for updates periodically (monthly) to make sure everything is in good working order. This article from Microsoft explains how to check for updates: CLICK HERE
2. Adobe Flash Updates: Adobe Flash is used with web browsers such as: Internet Explorer, FireFox and Chrome. You can check for the latest version by: CLICKING HERE
3. Java Updates: Java is used with many web applications and needs to be checked for updates. While Java is a very useful web helper program, it has been linked in the past (when outdated) as a security risk. Java always needs to be checked - this alone can help protect your computer from new viruses/malware. To check for the latest version, CLICK HERE
On Going News:
Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 sometime this year and they have stated that Windows 7, 8.0/8.1 users will be offered a FREE upgrade to Windows 10! I can't remember another time that Microsoft has offered a free operating system upgrade. I have been testing the Technical Preview version of Windows 10 for about 3 months now and from what I am seeing, it looks to be a very good operating system. CNET has released an article on the details. For more information, CLICK HERE
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Stay warm, spring is not far off now. Have a great day and safe computing. - Noah