Many vulnerabilities on a computer can be avoided with a few simple precautions. One of the most important things you can do to avoid infection from malicious software is to keep all of your software updated. Additional benefits to upgrading &/or updating your software usually include bug fixes in the software and new features.
Updating your software on a regular basis is like keeping up with the scheduled maintenance on your car. It keeps all the important parts tuned up, current, and free from defects. Software can be plagued by similar problems, but instead of a pinging sound or a high-pitched squeal you may run into some malware or possibly some data corruption; if you’re lucky maybe you’ll only run into some compatibility problems. In the case of antivirus and/or antispyware software, keeping your software current means receiving the latest definitions on whatever infection is new to the Internet and making the rounds.
Nowadays it’s easier than ever to keep your software updated since many software manufacturers give you the option of automatic or manual updates. It’s usually recommended to allow the software, especially if from a vendor you trust, to automatically update itself so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting to check for updates.
Keep your computer up-to-date and as bug-free as possible by staying on top of software updates.