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Why It’s Important to Keep Your Security Software Updated

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Holiday 2012 — Security News and Advice


Like technology, Internet threats evolve. Cybercriminals are always looking for new forms of attack, and new ways of accessing your money and information. Consider that McAfee detected 100,000 new malware samples a day in the second quarter of this year alone!1 That is why it’s critical to keep your security software up-to-date. Updates can protect you from new threats that are developed each day and increase your overall Internet security.

When you first install your software it protects you against threats known at that point in time. After that, you receive updates via the Internet, so that you can get them in a timely manner. If you are not regularly updating your security software, you are leaving yourself open to all the threats that have evolved since your last update or initial installation, and that can be a lot!

Fortunately, security experts and providers are working around-the-clock to detect new threats and anticipate future attacks. Comprehensive security, such as that provided by McAfee products, is proactive. Follow these tips to make sure that your software is always up-to-date and that you are protected:

  • Check to see if your security software updates automatically.
  • If your software doesn’t offer automatic updates, check for updates at least once a week. You can usually do this through your software control panel.
  • Check your security vendor’s website periodically for the latest security advisories and critical updates.
  • Regularly update your browser and other software, since software updates often include security features or fixes for vulnerabilities.
  • If you don’t have Internet security, consider downloading a product such as
    McAfee Total Protection software, which can safeguard you from a variety of other Internet threats, and updates automatically.

While it might be frightening to think of a world of ever-evolving threats, just keep in mind that Internet security is also evolving and as long as you do your part in keeping your software up-to-date you can stay protected.

1 http://www.mcafee.com/us/about/news/2012/q3/20120904-01.aspx


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