Keep your computer current by enabling Java update

One of the best things about the internet is just how versatile it has become for running programs like games, films or other applications within your browser. Our 'always on' society means that it's easier than every to ensure that your computer is kept up to date with all the latest patches and upgrades. Today we're going to look at the importance of enabling Java update for your machine.

What is Java?

Java is a wonderfully versatile free tool that allows you to play games, chat to friends, upload files and much, much more from your computer with ease. Before Java hit the scene, these basic functions were extremely difficult, often requiring a lot of different software and a high level of computer knowledge to use it.

Fortunately, Java changed all that, and it's now possible to harness its power without knowing too much about the inner workings of your computer.

Where to get Java?

If you don't yet have Java, it can be downloaded from java.com free of charge. The installation only takes a few minutes (depending on your connection speed), but it'll open up a world of new possibilities to you.

Due to the rapidly improving computer landscape these days, Java is a tool that's always being updated. these updates allow you to do a whole host of new things, while also improving compatibility, closing security holes and making the whole product a lot more stable.

Activating Java Update

In order to get the most out of your Java installation, it's very important that you enable Java update. This is very easily done. All you need to do is click Start > Control Panel > Programs/Control Panel (W7/XP), then double click the Java icon. From there click on the Update tab, and put a tick in the 'Check for updates automatically' box.

Sit back and enjoy the best the web has to offer

By following those simple steps, your Java installation will keep itself up to date at all times. Java update is a versatile tool that also allows you to specify the time it should check for updated software, as well as when it should notify you. The best thing about it is that it doesn't install anything without your permission, instead it tells you when new software has been downloaded and gives you the option of installing it there and then, or waiting until later.

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