These days most people are aware that viruses, spyware, adware and other types of malware are lurking in the shadows of the Internet, just waiting for an opportunity to sneak onto their computers’ hard drives and perform all kinds of mischief.
What many folks don’t know however is just how easy it is for a computer or mobile device (and the sensitive data stored on it) to become compromised simply by using an out-of-date web browser that doesn’t have the latest security updates installed.
In addition to adding new features and options, browser updates also patch any security holes that have surfaced since the browser was last updated. And these security updates are released all the time.
If you’d like to keep your computer free of malware (and who doesn’t), it’s extremely important to do two things on a regular basis:
1 – Perform regular malware scans with high-quality security software. Some of the best anti-malware programs on the market are available for free! Click here for my personal recommendations.
2 – Make sure that your web browsers are always up-to-date with the latest versions.
Running the malware scans mentioned above can take some time and dedication, but keeping your browsers up-to-date only takes a few seconds thanks to a great web service called WhatIsMyBrowser.
Simply visit WhatIsMyBrowser.com and it will tell you immediately if there’s an update available for the browser you used to visit the site.
If there happens to be an update available, you can install it with just a click or two. Then visit the site again with every browser that’s installed on your system to ensure complete protection.
As you probably know, most modern web browsers have an auto-update feature that periodically checks to see if there’s an update for the browser available and automatically installs it if it finds one.
But those auto-update checks are sometimes either turned off, blocked by security apps or simply don’t work for whatever reason. That’s why I recommend checking with WhatIsMyBrowser on a regular basis.
I recommend visiting WhatIsMyBrowser.com every time you complete a malware scan. It’s fast, easy, and one of the best ways I know of to keep your PC running smoothly and malware-free.
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