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reply to imtim83
Re: manually or automatic My two-cents view is that folks who barely understand the innards of computers are best served by using auto-updating, simply because that's the only way they'll ever approach keeping software updated and reasonably free of exploits. Those of us who dig deeper and have a handle on what goes on inside the digital beasts are better served by manually installing updates.
Sometimes updates themselves cause problems, especially when interacting with other software. The likelihood of that occurring, I believe, increases with the kinds and amount of specialty software used by folks who tinker or go the extra mile to increase their system's security, customizeability, and/or controllabilty. Which means there's often a lesser chance of auto-update problems occurring for an unknowledgeable user, and a higher chance for a power-type user. In any case, by manually installing updates, a user at least has an opportunity to check around first for others who are experiencing problems with a new update... I've saved myself a lot of grief over the years in just this way. The flip side of this is that the user does have to take the time to follow through, investigate, and run his manual updates. The only thing I auto-update are my AV signatures... and I do spend some quality time manually updating the other things - but that also acts to keep me more in touch with my system.
A good rule of thumb is if you know enough to ask this kind of question, then you stand a good chance of being better served by manually updating.
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said by Blackbird:Yes, I completely agree with that.
My two-cents view is that folks who barely understand the innards of computers are best served by using auto-updating, simply because that's the only way they'll ever approach keeping software updated and reasonably free of exploits.
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