Are all these updates that you get reminders for everyday really necessary?
Absolutely. When a security alert pops up on your computer or smartphone to ask if you’d like to update your software or device, always accept. Hackers and attackers are constantly pushing out new viruses and pieces of malware to invade your lives and bank accounts. Experts employed by these software companies dissect the viruses and release updates designed to thwart attackers. The updates are an essential part of keeping your privacy and safety intact.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about updates and safety:
- Avoid the “Remind Me Later” button. Here is more information about updates.
- Updates are far faster than they used to be and take up less of your computer resources.
Security updates don’t work unless you actually install them to update your software.
How can I keep my computers and devices secure from hackers and attackers?
Keeping all your devices safe is imperative for personal security. Generally, devices fall into two categories: fixed and mobile. To ensure that your PC is secure, there are some relatively easy steps that to take. Hackers and attackers usually exploit weaknesses and holes in operating systems and in software.
Here are some tips to close to those gaps in security for fixed devices:
- Keep your operating system up-to-date
- Always keep your security software updated (PC Magazine Reviews)
- Use anti-virus, anti-phishing, anti-spyware software specific for your type of computer (Mac or PC )
- Do not choose “remind me later” when your software asks you to run an update
- Ensure that your firewall is turned on and turned up
And for mobile devices:
- Adhere to precautions for fixed devices since phones and tablets are mini-computers
- Make sure to take active anti-theft measures
- Don’t save passwords in your phone or mobile device
Practice smart surfing and usage on your mobile and fixed devices. Take some time to activate and maintain security measures, and you can and will feel more secure.