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The Importance of Keeping Your Computer Patched

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A key component of staying safe online is keeping your computer up-to-date. Hackers and virus writers love outdated software. It might contain a security vulnerability or “hole” that can provide them with access to your computer. Outdated software can also be buggy, or have performance issues, which are usually fixed with a newer version of the software. These are two of the main reasons why it is important to keep the software on your computer updated (or “patched”).

Microsoft, Adobe, and occasionally Oracle release updates or patches regularly to keep their products secure. These updates are normally released on the second Tuesday of the month, which is known as “Patch Tuesday”. Microsoft’s updates can be installed manually or automatically. I recommend doing them manually, as a computer restart is usually required. You can also check to make sure that they were installed correctly.

Several years ago I was looking for an easy way for my customers to keep Adobe’s Flash Player and Oracle’s Java updated. I came across Patch My PC, and after corresponding with the developer, was asked to join the team as a contributor. Patch My PC Updater is a free, easy-to-use program that keeps over 100 programs up-to-date on your computer. It is also an easy way to install any of these programs on to your computer. Scammers and hackers sometimes trick people into installing fake updates for these programs. Patch My PC is a safe and secure program which ensures that you are installing the valid program.

Whether you are a computer novice, semi-tech savvy, the go-to tech person for your family and friends, or an IT professional, Patch My PC Updater will make patching your PC easy. It can be downloaded from this link: https://patchmypc.net/download.

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