In this blog we will discuss, Understanding automatic updates, Activating automatic updates, Configuration automatic updates and Using Data Execution Prevention.
Internet security is a never-ending cat-and-mouse game between the security experts and the hackers who seem to have endless amounts of time to search for new ways to exploit the basic programmability of PCs. Every time the good guys fi nd a way to patch some security hole that the bad guys have learned to exploit, the bad guys fi nd two more holes to exploit.
Windows 10 is the most secure Windows version ever, by a long shot. But no computer is 100 percent secure because people can always fi nd a way to turn something good into something bad. So, in addition to the security features discussed in the preceding chapters, you need to keep your computer up to date with security patches as they become available.
Windows Update in Windows 10 builds on one of the most essential components in the OS engine: its self-healing and self-patching ability. An operating system can never be defect-free, and when a defect is discovered that must be “fixed” quickly, Windows Update kicks in. In Windows 10, Microsoft has installed the technology that may once and for all end the idea of an “upgrade.” That’s what Windows Update and this chapter are all about.
Understanding Automatic Updates :
Many people are afraid of Windows Update — they’re afraid that the updates will break something on their system that they can’t fi x. It’s true that any change to your system can create a problem. But keeping up with updates is unlikely to cause any significant problems — certainly nowhere near as many problems as you expose yourself to by not keeping up with updates.
In addition, Windows Update creates restore points before installing many updates (but not for all updates), so you have the added security of being able to restore the system to a point prior to the update.
Other people fear that Microsoft will somehow exploit them through automatic updates. That isn’t the way updates work. Microsoft has tens of millions of customers and tens of billions of dollars. It doesn’t need to exploit anybody to be successful. Microsoft is also a publicly held company on the stock exchange, which means it’s subject to constant scrutiny.
When you’re making up your mind about which companies to trust, large, publicly held companies are by far the most trustworthy, if for no other reason than that they can’t afford to be untrustworthy.
A third common fear of automatic updates centers around the question “What’s this going to cost me?” The answer to that is simple: Absolutely nothing. This brings us to the difference between updates and upgrades.