The second Tuesday of every month is sort of a holiday for tech junkies. It’s called Patch Tuesday and it’s the day Microsoft releases updates for Windows. Other tech companies release patches to coincide with them on occasion, too. This month, for example, there’s an importantupdate for Adobe Reader and Acrobat. You should also make sure Adobe Flash is up to date.
This month there were no major threats to deal with, however Microsoft made routine security updates that you want to make sure you have.
If you have automatic updates turned on, your computer will install the Windows updates the next time you shut down. If the updates still need to be applied, you should see a yellow security notification on the red shut down button in your Start menu.
Click the button to turn off your computer and install the security updates. This could take a little bit of time, so make sure you don’t need to use your computer in the mean time.
If you don’t see the notification, go to Start>>Control Panel>>All Programs>>Windows Update. It will tell you if the updates need to be installed on your computer. Make sure you check the “most recent check for updates” line to see if the computer checked in the last day or so.
Before you install anything, turn on automatic updates so you get them in the future. You can do this by clicking “Change settings” and choosing “Install updates automatically” in the drop down menu.