Perform Regular Updates

Malicious software is constantly evolving and changing to try to find flaws or holes in operating systems and browsers. To protect your computer against virus, spyware, and other types of malware update and patch the following regularly:

  • Operating Systems. Take advantage of automatic updates, where available, to download and install the latest updates and patches as soon as they are available.
  • Web Browsers. Some browser updates are performed along with updates to your operating system. Other browsers will alert you that updates are available when you start using them.
  • Software Applications and Plug-ins. Many types of software allow you to automatically check for updates. Use this feature to ensure you have the most up to date patches, and install updates whenever they are available.

Many viruses and worms take advantages of bugs in software for which patches and fixes already exist. Frequent updates will seal and protect those areas which a virus could otherwise exploit.

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