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Do I need this or that update?


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#1 20LEgend

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 06:07 PM

Although my tech knowledge is virtually non-existent I am aware how important it is to keep
programs up-to-date. So, for example I go to sites like filehippo that seems to cover most of
the major program updates.
The thing is, how do I know which programs are really important and which are (for want of better
word) gimicky.
I still don't know to this day if I need Adobe but because it's forever popping up to be updated
I just click yes. Another asked if I use a proxy server. I know this might be simple to you guys
but is there a site that explains this type of thing in layman's terms?

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 06:36 PM

I'm sure, some will add to my reply, but you have to keep the following up to date:

- Windows (updates)
- AV program
- all browsers
- Java
- Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave Player

Those are the most important to your computer security.

As for all others programs....this is my way of staying up to date.
If there is a minor update, say from version 3.14 to version 3.15, I skip it.
If it's more serious update, say from version 3.1 to 3.2, I go for it.
There may be some exceptions....

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:45 AM

About the proxy - if you don't know if you're using a proxy server or not, then go ahead and ignore it, because you most likely aren't.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:05 AM

Thanks, Trashcan, that makes sense.
Broni, great advice, many thanks, especially about minor/major updates.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:32 PM

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 12:40 AM

filehippo updater will help to show which programs need updating:

http://filehippo.com/updatechecker/

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 01:52 PM

Use Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI), or for a more comprehensive scan install Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)

The Secunia Online Software Inspector, or short OSI, is a fast way to scan your PC for the most common programs and vulnerabilities, thus checking if your PC has a minimum security baseline against known patched vulnerabilities.

Use the Secunia OSI to get a feel for the Secunia Software Inspector technology, then upgrade to the Secunia PSI or CSI, which covers practically all programs on your PC, whereas the OSI checks less than 100 programs.

Feature Overview:

* Detects insecure versions of common/popular programs installed on your PC
* Verifies that all Microsoft patches are applied
* Assists you in updating, patching, and protecting your PC
* Activates additional security features in Sun Java
* Runs through your browser. No installation or download is required


http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

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