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    Shocking Facts about Updating Your PC Operating System
    Author: Jason Frovich
    Website: http://www.supportcave.com
    Added: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 02:33:55 +0000
    Category: Computers
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    Many everyday Internet Users do not know why they must keep their
    computer Operating Systems Up-To-Date - and many don't even know
    what an Operating System is!
    From "ignorance is bliss" to "surprise attack and disaster" - how
    many thousands of Internet users have experienced this
    frustration and grief?

    This raises the obvious question: "Why haven't they prepared to
    avoid it?"

    The startling fact is that there are many long term Internet users
    who have never even considered updating their Operating
    Systems and protective Safe-ware.

    Perhaps the complexity of it all contributes to what might be
    described as User apathy - or indifference and a lack of enthusiasm
    toward the following:

    * The news of yet another vulnerability or patch process.

    * The potential damage to computer, personal information and
    reputation - i.e. the "It can't happen to me" attitude.

    * Their own abilities - i.e. "I'm too old, too dumb, too whatever -
    to learn how to fix a computer without breaking something."

    * Updating - i.e. "My computer came with an anti-virus program, so
    why does it need to be updated now?"

    The sad fact is that the lack of confidence people have in their
    ability to build a defense often leads to a reluctance to even accept
    the reality of Cyber Threats.

    Some of the lesser-experienced Internet users rationalize their
    lack of action with pessimism, even defeatism. Human nature often
    supports these excuses with defensive attitudes and mis-beliefs
    like:

    * False sense of disaster support - "My nephew, neighbor, son or
    whoever, is a computer whizz. They'll be able to fix the problem if
    anything ever happens."

    * Scepticism - "All this talk about viruses is just so the "news
    people" will have information for publishing, and so the software
    manufactureres can scare people into buying more of their
    products."

    * Ignorance (of the extent of deception, skills and sophistication
    that the malicious hackers have attained).

    * Disbelief (that personal computer might be infected and used by
    others to spread malicious viruses and worms). "My computer
    seems to be working ok - a little slow, maybe, but it is getting
    pretty old."

    * Overwhemed (too many choices with firewalls, anti-virus, anti-
    spam, anti-spyware, Trojan removers). "Why do I need all of these
    and which ones should I use?" or "Do I really need to update my
    Operating System, my anti virus, spam, spyware stuff?"...I'll just
    never learn how to do all of this.

    * Expense (How much will all this cost and is it really necessary?)

    * Fatalism - "Hey, if it's going to happen, it will, and I'll just
    junk my computer and get another one. Mine's getting kind of old,
    anyway."

    Here, then, are the Shocking facts about updating PC Operating
    Systems.

    There are many unaware Internet users who have been online for
    years, but lack in these ares:

    * They don't know what "Updating" really means.

    * They have never responded to the popup message associated
    with the icon in the Task tray that announces new Windows
    Updates.

    * They have never clicked on the Windows Update icon in the
    Program Start menu.

    * They have never visited the Microsoft Windows Update web
    page at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

    * They have never updated their PC Operating Systems.

    Even if they have been able to navigate to the Microsoft Update
    webpage, many just throw up their hands in despair at the
    overwhelming number of choices and unknowns, such as:

    * Choosing what to update from the long list of options.

    * Waiting for Windows to check the registry for available updates.

    * Deciphering the Update descriptions (and instructions).

    * Selecting or Removing the necessary options.

    * Starting the download.

    And oftentimes, many people have never even used the Windows
    Help information to find out how to update their computer
    Operating Systems.

    How many self taught or untrained computer users are going to
    persevere through all of the hassle described above? Is it any
    wonder so many computers become infected? The criminal Hackers
    building their bot and zombie armies have nearly an open and
    undefended playing field; many are using it every day to steal
    money and identities.

    So, what is the solution to this problem?

    If individuals with computer "understanding" would help and assist
    others with less knowledge, there would probably be less of a
    problem.

    Nearly everyone who has faithfully kept their PC Operating
    Systems and Safe-ware up to date surely has family members and
    friends who could benefit from an hour or so of basic instructions.
    This would make it much more difficult for the criminal Hackers to
    compromise another persons computer.

    Hacker's would eventually be faced with a growing number of
    adequately protected computers, educated Users and hopefully
    would finally give-up trying!

    View all Jason Frovich's articles


    About the Author:
    Supportcave.com offers new and enhanced Spyware Removal Software. Not only will these programs effectively check and clean your computer from Spyware, once installed they will also shield your computer from future Spyware intrusions and browser hijacks - before the malevolent software even have a chance to enter you PC! Spyware Remover Software is an important function all computer users should rely on to ensure their computer is free from nosey software and their privacy protected.

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