View Full Version : Tip: Keep Your System Up-to-Date

20th August 2003, 05:29 PM
by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@connectedhomemag.com

Given the recent widespread problems the MSBlaster worm has caused, ensuring that your computer systems are up-to-date with security fixes and making sure that they stay that way is a good idea. If you run a modern Windows OS, you can use Windows Update to manually download what Microsoft calls Critical Updates. If you run Windows 2000 or a later OS, you can use the Automatic Update service to ensure that these updates not only are automatically downloaded but also are optionally installed when you're not using your system. Broadband users, especially, should strongly consider turning on this service.

Macintosh users shouldn't feel too complacent just because their systems aren't attacked as often as Windows is attacked. Fortunately, however, Mac OS X's System Preferences contains a handy Software Update tool that offers new software updates, including security updates, on a regular basis. If you'd like your system to be automatically updated when new software updates are available, you can enable this feature by selecting just one check box. Again, as with Windows users, using the Software Update service is a great idea for broadband users.

Whichever system you run, be proactive with security. The Internet is a dangerous place, and you should do everything you can to keep your system up-to-date.