Come on folks! I see some of you out there still using IE5 (Internet Explorer 5 – browser version). What is happening here? Or more importantly, what’s not happening here? The answer is simple, you are not keeping your operating system current with important updates. This is especially surprising, since running Microsoft updates couldn’t be any easier to perform.
Anyone can do this. I repeat, anyone can do this. There’s no making mistakes and nothing to fear. Don’t be afraid. When you see Microsoft’s little yellow shield with the exclamation mark on it, which will appear on the lower right hand corner of your screen, near the time, this indicates that updates are available. Just click on it and the process will begin.
Microsoft Updates offer you increased security, browser features and functionality. So that you can surf the Internet safely with maximum view-ability and interactivity that the web has to offer; otherwise you may limit your experience considerably. That is why I will explain how in the following super simple steps:
- Click the Start button (bottom left corner of your screen)
- Select the Microsoft Updates button. If you don’t find it, you can click on this link: Microsoft Updates.
- Select the grey Express button, to check for the latest updates for your computer.
- If your PC does need updating, you will be provided a grey Install Updates button, select it. If you do not need updates, it will tell you.
- Needed updates will first download and will then be installed.
- Once the installation is complete, you may be asked to restart you PC, or not.
Note: if you are really behind in keeping your PC updates current, you might have more updates to run before you are completely finished with this task. So when I see people still using Internet Explorer 6 browser, I immediately know that they have not been maintaining their PCs with Microsoft Updates. How do I know this? Because Microsoft includes browser version updates in their monthly releases, and if you don’t run them, you won’t advance to the latest browser version. Stay Updated people!
If your Firefox Internet browser is taking too long to open, it may be due to the automatic updates. By default, when the browser is opened, it is set to automatically check for updates to Firefox, installed add-ons, and search engines. If you are an avid Internet user, this slow start up could quickly become annoying and even painful. This is one way how you can speed Firefox up:
- Open the FireFox browser
- Select Tools on the top menu
- Select Options…
- Select Advanced
- Select the Update tab
- Under the top section, Automatically check for updates to, uncheck Firefox, Installed Add-ons and Search Engines
Now you can periodically run manual update checks, but when you’re ready. To do this, you would:
- Repeat the above steps 1 – 3
- Select Main
- Find the Add-ons section, the third section down
- Select the Manage Add-ons… button
- Select the Find Updates button on the bottom left
See how that works for you. Enjoy!
The digital divide might best be described as the difference between zero and basic to advanced technological familiarity among techies and non-techies and the increasing importance this plays in day to day life. Evermore it is instrumental to acquire even the most fundamental understanding of technology in the home and workplace, or risk falling seriously behind.
Falling behind technologically can a have some rather concerning ramifications. At home, it could mean exploitations via the Internet and personal computer, not having the right software protection in place, out-of-date software, disabled protection, to loss of other personal information or identity theft.
At work, it could mean not knowing how to use productivity suites, Internet, email, various document types or not understanding equipment: computers, desk phones, cell phones, wireless access points, copiers, fax machines and the like. This leaves you ill prepared for promotions or simply maintaining your foothold on the job. From the front line staff to upper level management, they struggle with some of these same challenges.
Catch up if you need to, ask for help, self-initiate, take opportunities, make opportunities, take a class, read a book, seek out free online tutorials, do what you need to do to keep up and always push forward. Because just like anything neglected, this will catch up to you and could possibly stop you dead in your tracks. Advancing technology waits for no man! Which side of the digital divide are you standing on?