Mac OSX System Updates

Here is where Mac users get to gloat a bit (well, don’t they always?). Macs are not nearly so vulnerable to security holes, viruses, or worms as Windows machines. But that does not mean that they don’t need the same diligent maintenance when it comes to operating system checks. Remember, we live in a networked world, and Mac users, although less vulnerable, share equal responsibility in keeping viruses and worms off the network. So, here’s how Mac OSX Software Update works.

  1. Go to the Apple Menu and select “Software Update.”
  2. You will then get a dialogue box that automatically scans the Web for recent patches and releases by Apple. It looks like this:
  3. When it’s complete, you’ll get a list of updates that are available. You can deselect items that don’t pertain to you, but do that only for applications you do not use. In general, it’s a good idea to download all the patches. The checkbox next to the listing indicates that, upon beginning the update, this item will be selected. For the purpose of this tutorial, we are selecting only the Java and Quicktime updates. After selecting the updates you want, select the “Install (#) Items.”
  4. In some cases, you will get a dialogue box with an agreement as to the terms and conditions of the software you are downloading. Assuming you are a licensed Mac user, you are entitled to these updates, so click “agree”.
  5. The download will begin. While it is updating, it will look something like this:
  6. When it is complete, you may be prompted to restart in order for the changes to take effect, or, you may be prompted only to quit: