Since my article last week, Apple is offering an important update for OS X Mavericks. I fully recommend you upgrade to the new OS X Mavericks and then install the latest update. If you need help installing OS X Mavericks, refer to last week’s article, “Update your Mac to OS X Mavericks for free.”
Apple recommends you get your updates from the Mac App Store if you are running OS X Mountain Lion or Mavericks. If you have an Internet connection, your Mac will automatically check for new updates each week and will then send you a notification box indicating you have “App Updates Available.”
If you want to check for updates manually, click the Apple in the upper-left corner, and then click “Software Updates.” If you receive notification of software updates, click “Details.”
In either case, the Mac App Store opens and provides specific details about the available updates. You can choose what items to update singularly, or you can click “Install All” and all apps in the box will be installed. If you see a prompt, enter your log in credentials to continue.
Let’s customize how OS X will sdownload and install your updates, and we can verify if your system is set to update automatically.
Click the Apple, click “System Preferences” and then click “App Store.” I recommend you checkmark the boxes: “Automatically check for updates,” “Download newly available updates in the background,” “Install app updates” and “Install system data files and security updates.” From this box, you can also click “Check Now” to see if there are updates available, or click “Show Updates” and the Mac App Store will open detailing the updates. Click the red circle to close the box and save your changes.
An interesting note, Mountain Lion and Mavericks uses a secure Internet connection (HTTPS) to update from Apple’s Software Update servers.
Next week, I’ll show you how to customize the privacy controls to help protect your system’s location sharing and diagnostic information sharing. Safari also offers a privacy pane in preferences that we can configure to limit or block cookies and limit website access to location services.
For 14 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 250 articles about the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at Scott@HollywoodScott.com.