Sunday, June 25, 2006

Maintaining the Security Landscape

There is only one way to maintain the landscape of your garden. That is to take preventative steps to keep the bugs and weeds out of it. The same goes for your computer. As with your garden, the best method for this is prevention. If you leave the gate open and your computer unprotected, you are bound to have problems.

So, how do you prevent the bugs and weeds from invading your computer? One word: Update!

Windows Automatic Updates finds all important updates for your computer, including security updates, critical updates, and service packs.

To access Automatic Updates do the following:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Security Center > Automatic Updates.
  2. Next decide how you want to receive the updates:
    a. Let Automatic Updates automatically download and install all updates
    b. Have Automatic Updates check with you before downloading updates and then automatically install them
    c. Have Automatic Updates both check before downloading and before installation
Another option is to navigate directly to the Windows Update Center and scan your computer for any needed updates. Individual security updates can be obtained from Microsoft TechNet.

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