Software Patches Made Easy
Did you know that Windows is not the only thing on your computer that's important to keep updated? There are critical* updates available for Internet Explorer, Acrobat Reader, Quicktime, iTunes, Firefox, Google Chrome, World of Warcraft, Flash and thousands of other programs.
There is a company, Secunia, that helps find and get these updates. They even have a program (Software Inspector) which tells you which ones you need. And it's free for home use.
You can visit their site at secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/ (please do this at home, not on your county computer) and run the free on-line scanner. It will give you a list of programs with missing patches as well as links to the actual patch.
The first time you run it you may find it a bit overwhelming, but just start going through the list, applying the patches. Once done you will have a much safer computer. There-after you can visit once a month or so to keep up-to-date.
Secunia also has a downloadable version of their Software Inspector that you install on your computer. It does a better job of identifying needed patches.
*By "critical" I mean an update that fixes a bug in a program that would allow someone to take over your computer, or otherwise seriously screw things up.
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