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System and Software Updates are REALLY Important

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Posted in: Apple, Microsoft or Windows, Security, Tech Tips

Last week’s Tech Tip covered an urgent update released by Microsoft to address a newly discovered security risk. This week’s tip is to remind you that you shouldn’t wait until a critical patch has been served to run updates on your systems and software – whether you are a PC or a MAC. If you aren’t sure how to check for updates on a specific service or program that you use – search via Google to make sure you are protected.

All operating systems try to alert us that there is an available update. Mobile devices – Apple or Android – are constantly reminding us when an update is available. Install those right away when you see them.

Finally, all our software packages and services should be regularly checked for updates.

System alert icon showing updates are needed
System update alerts can be found in the "system" tray on the far right of the Windows Task Bar
Restart Required alert in the Windows Task Bar
The "Restart Required" icon in the Windows Task Bar is another way PCs may alert users to critical updates.
Proactively check for updates by pressing Windows key + i
Proactively check for updates by pressing Windows key + i
Software update alert on a Mac
Your Macs will alert you via pop up messages. You can also check for updates under Apple menu > System Preferences
Chrome update screen
This is how the popular web browser Chrome lets us know an update is available.




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