Biggest release of Windows updates coming Tuesday
Microsoft does this thing called Patch Tuesday to fix flaws with its software – and next week we can expect the biggest Patch Tuesday of all time.
Most of the updates are to fix certain aspects of the Windows operating system, as well as Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, the .NET Framework and MS Office.
All 64 fixes are worked into 17 “bulletins” with nine categorized as being critical. You should definitely download these when Tuesday rolls around – consider yourselves warned.
Why? Every time I speak with security experts, they always tell me some of the biggest problems with people’s computers is that they don’t update their software.
Software updates are always coming out – not just for Windows – but for other web browsers, plug-ins, and third-party programs.
Some of the plug-ins, in particular, can leave your computer’s back door open more than a 7/11’s.
It’s easy to set Windows Update to automatically do most of this “update” work for you. If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, hit the Windows button then type in ‘Windows Update.’
Then, on the left, click on ‘Change settings’ and select ‘Install updates automatically.’ Be sure to set a date and time when your computer will be on so that the updates can actually be installed.
It's important to know that you shouldn't be alarmed by Tuesday - it's basically a dentist giving you a new toothbrush and floss so that you don't get any cavities.
Do you use automatic updates? Why or why not?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets