Burnt Orange Solutions IT Expert Tips of the Month: Updating Software and Removing Freeware
Saskatoon IT Tips – Updating Software and Removing Freeware
Our Saskatoon IT Tips are from the Trusted professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions. We promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to us. In our latest tip blog, we discuss updating software for security and removing freeware.
Saskatoon IT Tip #1 – Update Your Software for Maximum Security
There are thousands of hackers who get up every morning with ONE goal in mind: to find a new vulnerability in a commonly installed software (like Adobe, Flash or QuickTime) to access your computer. That’s why these companies frequently issue patches and updates for KNOWN security bugs; and once a KNOWN vulnerability is announced via a patch, hackers get to work like crazy trying to figure out how to use the vulnerability and access those users who are lazy about installing updates. That’s why it’s important to update installed software programs as soon as possible.
Of course, if you’re a client of ours, we’re monitoring your network for these updates and handling them for you; but your home computers, smartphone and other devices that may NOT be under our protection probably need a little attention.
Saskatoon IT Tip #2 – Removing That Unwanted Freeware
Like it or not, PC manufacturers LOVE to stuff your brand-new PC full of “free” applications (they get paid to do it, so you’ve got a slim chance of getting one without a side of spamware). But clutter is the enemy of a speedy PC, and if you’re not using a particular software on a regular basis, it’s best to REMOVE it completely. That way you don’t have it sucking up processing speed AND leaving the door open to hackers and malware. Due to its slowing effects on your computer, this software is often called “bloatware”. There are many uninstaller programs out there – but the safest option is to remove those programs yourself by uninstalling via the control panel of your computer.
Want a Head Start on Securing Your Business?
We hope this article gave you some insight into the importance of updating software and removing freeware.
If you want to do more to protect yourself and your business, our ‘7 Security Requirements You Need To Now’ document is a good place to start. Download the document to see our top 7 steps any business can take to improve their IT security. If you’re ready to take your security to the next level, contact the Trusted IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions and take IT worries off your plate.
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