By Joshua Bagwell
We often hear “I don’t have anything on my computer that needs updating”. While you may not think so, that’s not the case unless you’re using a thin client and connecting to a terminal services server. And if you don’t know what that is, that’s not likely the case. Even if you use a lot of cloud services, you still have software and plugins on your local machine that need to be maintained. If nothing else, there is an operating system that has security updates that need to be installed regularly. Then there is a browser used to connect to those cloud services. In addition to those, there are more than likely the following:
- Microsoft Office
- Browsers (Chrome, Firefox). Most people don’t use only the default browsers that come with Windows.
- Browser plugins (Java, Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave Player)
- Adobe Reader
- If you have Windows 10, any apps that you’ve installed from the App Store.
- I-Tunes. If you plug your I-Phone into your pc, you more than likely have I-Tunes installed.
- Antivirus and other malware protection programs.
These are the basic programs that most people have installed but usually there’s many more. Just leaving one of these not up-to-date leaves systems vulnerable to viruses, malware and data theft.