If you have a Windows computer you are always asked to update one program or another. A software company will usually offer an update when they find a problem with their program or want to add new features. For instance, Adobe will send you notices for updating Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat. These updates are relatively safe and will help keep your computer protected. If you are using an older version of a program and there was a security problem that was fixed in the newest version, you could be at risk if you don’t update. Since new hackers use known bugs to get access to your computer, by upgrading you can stop many of them.
When it comes to Windows upgrades, I always do them because I feel it helps keep my computer better protected. It seems Windows does updates almost every day now, probably because every day they find problems that need to be repaired.
These are the biggest updates that should be done, but don’t forget to keep your Spam/Internet security programs updated also.
Of course, always keep a backup of your important files just in case there is a problem. Keep them on a flash drive or a DVD. 15 minutes of backup time now will save you months of rebuilding or recreating your lost information.
Things to back up include bookmarks, address books, photos, all personal files kept in your My Documents folder, and all program save files.
You want to have everything backed up that you would need to set up a new computer. Remember, some programs like QuickBooks do not save the files in the My Documents folder so you will have to find them and make a backup on your flash drive.
Also, back up your photos to your DVD or flash drive because if you lose your camera, you lose all the memories that were in the camera. I know people who have years of photos still in their cameras because they do not know how to remove the photos from the camera. This is a subject for another Tech Tip Article.
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