Updating Mac OS X

You may be asking:

“Why do I need to update my workstation?”

Because, viruses and malware are constantly looking for exploits (a general term for any method used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to your computers).  They look for areas within the programming code of software where a mistake was made, and a hole was left open.  Hackers go into these holes and make modifications to your system.

Most recently, we have found viruses like the recent WannaCry ransomware, where computers are modified, encrypted, and criminals ransom money from victims so they can get their files back (maybe).

This can happen to a Mac, or PC using Windows.  So, what you need to do is patch your operating system.

“Why isn’t this done automatically?”

Some updates are done automatically.  On a Mac, you’ll be prompted to update when required.  But, sometimes people are too busy to take the time to do this, and they put it off.  Plus, a lot of people don’t look for the optional updates, which are sometimes just as important as the critical ones.

How to Update Mac OS X

  • Go to the Apple Logo in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.
  • Click to pull down the menu and select “Software Update.”
  • This will bring you to the Mac OS Update Page. If there are any updates, they will be listed here.
  • You can then select “Update,” or if there is more than one, “Update All.”
  • You’ll be asked if the computer can reboot if necessary. Click “Yes.”
  • Then it will download the update(s), and install.
  • Once it’s finished, you’ll be brought back to your Mac Desktop.
  • Go back to “Software Update” to make sure there weren’t any prerequisites that require a second installation.

Make sure you do this once a month (at a minimum) to ensure a “healthy” computer. 

For more information, contact the team at RCOR Technologies at: (919) 313-9355 or tim@rcor.com

Happy Computing!