How To: Installing Patches and Automating Updates


Patches are software that fix problems or issues with a computer program. This includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, and improving the usability or performance.

Most software, browsers, and operating systems have features that allow them to be updated automatically when connected to the Internet. When an Internet connection is established, these programs prompt you about updates that are available for download. You can then choose to download them or choose to delay this to some later date. Several programs, especially when just released, are prone to certain design errors or faults. The developers make patches or updates available for you to download and add them to the installed program. Checking the publishers or developers website for available uploads and patches can be helpful.

It is important to download software, browser, and operating system patches from reputed and official sites to avoid viruses. It is also important when installing patches that firewalls within your browser that prevent the patches from being received be disabled.

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Jared Howe

Jared Howe is PRIVATE WiFi’s Senior Manager, Product Marketing Communications. Working in high tech for over 15 years, Jared currently lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, and their two cats.

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  1. June 21, 2011

    […] Ensure that your operating system, software, and browsers are up to date: You should enable your automatic update setting for all operating system patches, so you are notified immediately when a new patch is released. These patches repair security vulnerabilities in your operating system. And most software release regular updates that usually include repairs for security vulnerabilities. To check for browser updates in Internet Explorer, select the Tools tab, and then click Windows Update. In Firefox, click the Help tab and select Check for Updates. Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera automatically update when a new version is released. To read the Private WiFi how-to post regarding installing patches and automating updates, go here. […]

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