So where does that leave us — which applications don’t automatically update themselves?
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If you use Chrome, Chrome handles Flash updates automatically. Java is the worst — it only checks for updates once per month by default and has you download an updater that contains junk software like the Ask Toolbar.
However, even Java can be set to check for updates more regularly — this is essential if you need to have Java installed.
Adobe Flash and Reader were full of security holes and didn’t update themselves, for example — but those days are largely behind us.
The Windows desktop is the only big software platform that doesn’t automatically update applications, forcing every developer to code their own updater.
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There was a time when we had to worry about manually updating desktop applications.
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