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by Webnme2 on Mar 14th 2010


Internet User License
Beginner’s Permit

Are You Qualified to Use the Internet?


Examination Question:


Maintaining Your Computer

What programs need to be updated and/or patched?


Answers:

This is the answer section of the exam. You can use the following information for study.

1.  Operating System

Try Again – It is absolutely critical that you update your operating system and that you apply patches as vulnerabilities are discovered, but this is not enough.

2.  Office Suite

Try Again – It is absolutely critical that you update your Office Suite and that you apply patches as vulnerabilities are discovered, but this is not enough.

3.  Tax programs

Try Again – It is absolutely critical that you update your tax programs and that you apply patches as vulnerabilities are discovered, but this is not enough.

4.  Plug-ins like Acrobat Reader

Try Again – It is absolutely critical that you update your plug-ins and that you apply patches as vulnerabilities are discovered, but this is not enough.

5.  Media players

Try Again – It is absolutely critical that you update your media players and that you apply patches as vulnerabilities are discovered, but this is not enough.

6.  Messenger programs

Try Again – It is absolutely critical that you update your messenger programs and that you apply patches as vulnerabilities are discovered, but this is not enough.

7.  Games

Try Again – It is absolutely critical that you update your games and that you apply patches as vulnerabilities are discovered, but this is not enough.

8.  Every program on my computer

Best Answer – You will be extremely vulnerable to a successful attack until every piece of software on your computer is patched and updated. Even then, there is no guarantee that an attacker won’t find a vulnerability for which a patch is not yet available.

If you need to update your system, these links may be helpful:


Quick Guide:

Read our Quick Guide to Smart Computing.



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The author's first experience with computers was with Fortran IV. Wow that's ancient. After graduate school, he taught history for a number of years at a community college before becoming an attorney. In 1997 he changed careers to become a web developer/designer with an interest in all things web related. He currently maintains several dozen websites. This is his personal blog. The opinions expressed are his own.

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