The importance of updates and why you should consider an alternative to Internet Explorer

Microsoft and individual software makers release updates for their products to patch security holes and improve functionality of the software. If you are not updating the software when prompted, you are leaving your computer vulnerable. Some windows updates require a system restart and even after restarting there may be additional updates that need to install.

Windows Updates

Microsoft regularly releases system updates the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Any critical system updates will download and install as they are released. To check for windows updates you can follow the instructions below

Windows XP is no longer supported and will not receive regular system updates. If you are still using Windows XP you should consider upgrading your computer to help minimize the risk of online threats.

Windows Vista / 7 – Click on your start menu and type in windows update the windows update option will populate in your start menu list and once selected you can check for Windows updates. Be sure to install any critical system updates and restart the computer if necessary. You may also see some additional recommended updates which you can install at your convenience.

Windows 8 / 8.1 – Press the windows ÿ and S keys together (located to the left of your space bar between ctrl and alt) or locate the search window by moving your mouse to the top right hand corner of your screen to bring up the charm bar. Now press the magnifying glass (search) and make sure “everywhere” is selected in the drop down box. Type Windows Update in the box and choose check for Windows updates.

Software Updates

Programs may also need updates to add additional features, improve performance or patch security vulnerabilities. Users are being targeted through false update prompts for popular programs such as Adobe Flash player. To ensure you are receiving the update for your programs and NOT a virus you can update directly through the application or by visiting the software developers website.

To update through the program open up the program that is prompting you for an update. For example Adobe reader. Once you locate and open Adobe reader you will see an option to check for updates in the program under the “help” option . If you are unable to find where to update through the software visit the developers website for adobe you would visit www.get.adobe.com. Another program that

frequently updates is Java you can visit the java website to look for any updates by visiting www.java.com/download

Alternate Web Browsers – Updated 6/25/2016

Windows 10 users will now see a new default browser – Microsft’s Edge browser. While we like many of the new features Windows 10 has to offer the Edge browser is not one of them. In the past we have always recommended installing a third-party web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Each of these are used independently from Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge and can be used in place of Internet Explorer.

In Windows 10 you will need to take an additional step to change your Default browser. Follow the steps below to change your default browser in Windows 10.

  • Click on your start menu and then choose settings
  • Select system
  • From the selection available choose default apps
  • Scroll down to where it lets you select your default browser
  • Click on the default browser (or plus sign if you don’t yet have one set) and select the browser you want as your default.

If you would like to download one of the web browsers we suggested be sure to verify that you are downloading these and any other applications you may download in the future from a trusted website before continuing. To download one of these browsers visit the websites below from the developers trusted link.

Chrome – www.google.com/chrome
Firefox – www.mozilla.org/firefox

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