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Keeping Your Computer's Operating System Up-to-Date

Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students

This KB Article References: Cyber Security
This Information is Intended for: Faculty, Staff, Students
Last Updated: January 28, 2014

Having an up-to-date operating system reduces the likelihood of being exploited by malicious software.

Windows Updates

Windows Updates are released periodically when vulnerabilities/updates have been discovered.

Once a month, Microsoft releases its latest security/software updates. You can go to Windows Update in the Start menu of your computer or visit http://update.microsoft.com/ to make sure your machine is running the latest Windows Updates. Even if you updated your computer in the last month, please run Windows Update prior to registration as there will likely be a new update to apply.

Be sure to run Windows Updates weekly or turn on Automatic Updates (in Control Panel). 

Apple Updates

Apple Updates can be installed using the Mac App Store (Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.1) or by clicking the "Apple" logo in the upper left corner of your screen, and then selecting "Software Update" from the drop-down menu (Previous versions of Mac OS X).

To find out what version of Mac OS X you are currently running, simply click the "apple" logo in the upper left hand of the screen, and select "About" from the drop-down menu.

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