Security updates protect you from the latest malware and hacking attacks, Jonathan Parkyn explains how to be first in the queue for new fixes
Software updates are a pain, but they're a necessary evil. Besides allowing developers to fix bugs and add features, they plug (‘patch’) security holes.
As demonstrated by the recent Freak flaw, fresh vulnerabilities are discovered all the time. To make sure you’re protected from them, you need to get the latest software updates as soon as they’re issued.
This is easier said than done. Microsoft hasn’t helped matters by “evolving” its Advanced Notification Service (www.snipca.com/15893). Until January 2015, the service provided vital information about forthcoming fixes to all Windows users - but this is now sent to paying customers only. The good news is there are plenty of other ways to hear about the latest updates for your PC, tablet and phone as soon as they’re released, and even get them installed automatically.