If you pay attention to technology news there are constantly announcements of vulnerabilities being discovered in various software. These vulnerabilities can range in severity and it can often be hard to determine which are important for you to act on. The best policy is to try to keep the software you use on your system up to date.
There are a few things you can do to help make sure you keep up-to-date.
• Enable Windows update to automatically run.
• Know what software is on your computer and keep it up-to-date. If it asks to update itself, let it. Examples software that will update itself include: Java, Adobe Flash and Reader, iTunes, Firefox, and more.
• Have functioning anti-virus software. Here is a list of Windows supported anti-virus programs.