Tech Talk: The Necessity of Updating

By Kevin StaplesTech Talk Snip

Kevin Staples is a member of the Computer Technically Senior Seminar course and is planning a career in Computer Networking and Hardware. You can see what I am doing in the course by going to

Do you update your computer regularly?
If you do then that’s great your computer should be at peak performance and protection, but if not, you might want to change that. Not keeping your computer updated can put you at risk for viruses and even cyber attacks, as it is much easier to hack or be invaded by viruses if you have not updated your system.
Now you might be thinking that being hacked or invaded by viruses is impossible because you didn’t update your system. Or you maybe thinking that you don’t have the time, or you might even think that your computer is fine and that you don’t need the update. However, hackers and viruses depend upon how you use updates to make their malware useable.
For example: if there is an update from windows 8 to windows 8.1 and you decide to not update your system and a hacker has made a virus for windows 8 then you are vulnerable, but if you did make the upgrade then you will be protected.
Some people might even ignore updates because they do not know what they are, well updates which are also knows as, a “Service Pack,” or a “Patch” is a piece of software that is released to enhance the product, to fix bugs, and to fix security vulnerabilities. Also for convenience sake, when you update the updater does all of the work for you. There is no uninstalling or reinstalling and it runs in the background so you don’t need to worry about it interrupting whatever you are doing at the time.
So the most efficient way to do updates is to let the software do it by itself, think automatic updates. Here’s how you work through the process: First click on Start or the giant Windows symbol, then click on control panel, then system and security and under Windows Updates, click Turn automatic updating on or off, and then select Change settings. From here you can select when to update and the recommended setting for that is Install updates automatically and then you can select which days and what time you want it to update.
The best options for this is everyday for the days and the time where you know you will be using your computer so this way you will be automatically up to date. If you keep up with updates you will stay one step ahead of viruses and hackers and you and your computer will be happier for it. Plus, you barely will have to lift a finger to do this as updating is one of the most important things that you can do for your computer to keep it protected and working and not have it vulnerable and sluggish.


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