We have all had the temptation to ignore notifications of software updates, particularly as they seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times. It is also easy to think ‘well my computer is still working so why try and fix something that isn’t broken!’

These messages are however really important, because updating your software keeps your computer maintained and allows it to carry on performing well. Updates to your computer can often iron out bugs within the software but more importantly can make your computer more secure. Virus creators find loop holes within software such as your Windows operating system, Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. When software manufacturers come across these loop holes they bring out updates to patch them up.

Let’s highlight some of the benefits of keeping your computer up to date:

• Improves Performance
• Fixes Bugs
• Adds new features
• Protects against some Malware
• Helps to protect against some cyber-criminal attacks

Nowadays it’s even easier to keep your software updated since many manufacturers give you the option of installing updates automatically.

You should never be charged for security patches, so if someone asks you for payment it is likely to be a scam.

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