Your computer has dozens of software applications that you rely on to be safe, secure and compatitable with all the other software you run. To ensure the best security and ease of use you need to keep all those programs and applications up to date. That can be a real headache! Follow these steps to make your life a lot easier.
The first thing to do is configure Microsoft Windows Update to automatically download and install updates. You can do this on Windows Vista by clicking on Start, then clicking on Windows Update. Now click on Change Settings. Choose a time for Windows to automatically install updates and your done. For Windows XP, click on Start, Settings, Control Panel, Security, Automatic Updates. Now choose a time for Windows to automatically install updates and your done.
The next thing to do is to pull up the control center for your firewall, antivirus and spyware software programs. See if these programs offer a tool to schedule checks for automatic updates and if they do, take advantage of them.
The last thing to do is download and install a free program called Secunia Personal Software Inspector. I have been using this program for about a year and it has been flawless. Secunia automatically scans lots of common software applications and when updates are released for those apps it will let you know. It will give you a pop up window that will have all the information about the new update and will give you a direct link to download the update with the click of a button. This is great for things like Adobe Reader, Quicktime, Real Player, Google Earth, Dell Support, Shockwave, Flash Player, Spybot, Object Dock, Yahoo Messenger, Java and Firefox. To download Secunia Personal Software Inspector for free go to: