Quick and simple, if you want to avoid putting FTP credentials into WordPress every time that you perform an update add this to your
wp-config.php file somewhere before the magic stop line (
"That's all, stop editing!")
You might also need to mess with permissions, the below will give everyone and their grandmother permissions to write. However, you probably want to use 755 or something else instead of 777. If you have any questions about this please do not ask me but instead check the codex and your host.
chmod 777 wp-content/ chmod 777 wp-content/plugins/ chmod 777 wp-content/upgrade/