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RapidStudio Tip Number 2: Keeping up-to-date

RapidStudio Tip Number 2: Keeping up-to-date

In the fast changing world of the internet demands we keep up with the latest software updates to ensure we have the best surfing experience and keep safe on the internet.

Keeping up-to-date



Our web browser is our vehicle with which we navigate the internet, browsers come in many shapes and sizes, most free. Internet Explorer is Windows default browser, but Firefox, Chrome and Safari are preferred by many web users. Many new advances in technology make web pages faster, easier to navigate and more content-rich. Developers are able to use a variety of new ways to allow users to interact with their websites in real time. Unfortunately these advances also open up new vulnerabilities in our browsers that can be exploited by skelms to gain access to our browsing habits, or even install unwanted and dangerous programs on our PCs.
In order to - 1. Protect ourselves from the perils of the internet and 2. Have the most enjoyable, hassle-free experience online - we need to keep our web browsers and other add-ons to our browsers like your "Java Runtime Environment" and "Adobe Flash Player" up to date. A nice fun demonstration of what is currently possible to do in a web browser can be seen here: www.seesoccercity.co.za (you need a webcam and a printer to use this)

While most web browsers (Firefox, Chrome or Safari) automatically update, Internet Explorer is updated by windows, and many users ignore or even disable the messages prompting them to upgrade to the newest version.
You can easily upgrade it by visiting www.microsoft.com/upgrade. Even if you primarily use another web browser that you keep updated, it's very important to keep Internet Explorer up to date for security reasons as it is part of windows and and the updates fix vulnerabilities in it that can be exploited even if you are primarily using another browser.

As with web browsers it's also important to keep other software up to date in order to ensure you have the best possible hassle-free experience.
Updates give you new-improved ways of doing things while helping to protect your privacy.

In addition to keeping up-to-date it's important to have a good anti-virus solution. A good free antivirus is AVG, free for home-users. free.avg.com

Here are a few important links to keep you up-to-date

Web Browsers:
Internet Explorer: www.microsoft.com/upgrade
Firefox: www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox
Chrome: chrome.google.com


Add-Ons:
Java Runtime Environment: www.java.com/en/download
Adobe Flash Player: get.adobe.com/flashplayer

Other:
RapidStudio: www.rapidstudio.co.za
AVG Free Antivirus: free.avg.com

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