When i get a prompt on boot-up to install the latest version of Java or Flash Player, i close the dialogue box and go to the appropriate site to see if there is an update available.
That's clever. I do a similar thing when it comes to messages from banks and credit cards where I have an account. I never follow the email's provided links just in case the email is a phishing attempt. If the bank really has an important notice I need to read on their site, they'll show it to me when I independently sign in on their website.
And yep Set.
You're right, the advice is your typical "everyone should ALREADY know this junk" style advice. Just figured it should be repeated ad nauseum so whomever doesn't know it already (silly as that may seem) that they can't admit ignorance if they find themselves and their computer compromised. I also posted this because I love Chrome and am kind of disappointed that Chrome has this lame/unnecessary backdoor vulnerability that they need to address ASAP.