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Software Updates

Software updates are necessary when companies identify application errors or weaknesses in their software or system that require stronger security protection.

About Software Updates:

Software Updates come in the form of software "patches" that replace defective sections of software code with corrected code. All software manufacturers issue patches either on a regular schedule or as defects are discovered.

Malware such as viruses, worms and trojans can infiltrate a computer through a software application that has not been patched.

Automatic Updates are included in most operating systems and software programs. These features periodically and automatically update the user's computer.

Microsoft Windows calls this feature "Auto Update".

Mac calls this feature "Software Update."

Other software programs may display pop-up notices within a program notifying you to install the latest software patches.

How do I keep my software programs updated?

Some software programs, inlcuding Microsoft Windows and Mac operating systems, provide automatic software updates. Keep these authomatic updates turned on so that your computer is protected routinely.

How do I check my computer operating system's automatic update settings?

Microsoft Windows users can check the "Auto Update" settings by accessing the Control Panel > Automatic Updates.

Mac users can check the "Software Update" settings by accessing the System Preferences > Software Updates.

How do I manually patch one of my software programs?

Most software programs have automatic update and patching features. The program "Help" menu may also include features allowing you to manually "Check for Updates".