Updating your computer and cell phone

in Security

Do the IT folks in your life nag you about updating your computer or cell phone? They are doing so for good reason! As someone who’s interested in the latest and greatest technology, I like to see the many new enhancements that come out with each update. Lately, more and more of these enhancements make our devices more secure.

Windows 10 is available to many users at home right now for free and is one of the upgrades that I recommend doing. The initial bugs are out of this product and this upgrade will make your PC more secure going forward. Sure, there are some changes that might make it a little more difficult to use until you get used to the new operating system, but I have been impressed with how easy this upgrade is to do. I also really like the feel of this operating system as everything seems to work faster.

The benefits of anti-virus software

Do you have anti-virus software on your computer and cell phone? There are free versions of these that are out there if you don’t want to pay for it. This software protects your computer and cell phone from various threats (Malicious software) on the internet and makes it easier to protect your computer from harm.

In addition, Malware & Spyware are becoming increasingly problematic with computers and cell phones. Depending on what you are currently using, I recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware & SuperAntiSpyware which have both free and paid products. The free products work for most people and provide great protection (disclaimer: they will try to get you to upgrade to the paid version). SuperAntiSpyware is a software application which can detect and remove spyware, adware, trojan horses, rogue security software, computer worms, rootkits, parasites and other potentially harmful software applications. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes dangerous malware that antivirus can miss.

Your cell phone is actually a computer as well, and many of you use various apps that are in need of updating due to security and enhancement upgrades. I recommend doing these upgrades if they are essential. Sometimes it’s best to wait a week or two to do an upgrade to ensure that some of the initial bugs get worked out. However, it pays to upgrade in most instances. If you’re unsure about the upgrade, you can always back-up your computer before you apply the upgrade and revert it back if you change your mind.

Updating your computer and phone is normally for the best, especially for increased security. So the next time your tech-savvy friend nags you about updating software, just say, “thanks for the reminder!”

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