We all know how annoying software updates can be when you get a pop-up asking if you’d like to update it or worse still, your system starts to update itself. The general tendency is to put it off until the next time you log onto your device, when you put it off again. We have all experienced it at some point or another, when we are on that important call or have to reply to an urgent email and decide a system update is just not worth the time. But, did you know that it is important to update your computer’s operating system in a timely manner? And that’s not just for your computer, the same applies to your mobile phones, iPads and other tablets too. In fact, there are various software updates programs and apps that should be installed too.
System and application vendors such as Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, etc., release security updates and patches almost every month, and sometimes, several times during a month.
What are the benefits of installing these patches/system updates?
Safety and Security of Your Data
Cybercriminals are constantly on the lookout to exploit any weakness that software programs may have, to gain entry into your IT network or system. Vendors, on the other hand, have teams that are constantly on the lookout for such weaknesses and work on developing security patches that plug these gaps, so your device/network remains safe and secure. Skipping system/software updates can make you vulnerable to cyber-attacks and compromise on the safety and security of your data.
Ensures Your Device is Working at its Best
Apart from the security patches, there may also be bug-fixes and enhancements that may be released as a part of the system / software updates. Not installing bug-fixes and enhancements means your device won’t be performing at its optimal level and may crash or slow things down. It may also result in compatibility issues when it comes to other programs or applications.
You Deserve The Latest and Greatest
Software updates not only patch security holes, they can also add new features and improve existing ones. You don’t want to fall behind the times, right?
In that way, software updates really are all about you. Your software program may get a new shot of stability — no more crashing. Or an update might boost program performance — more speed. You deserve no less.
Protect Other Users
Cyber security is mostly about you, but you’ve got other people to think about, too. If your device gets a virus, you could pass it on to your friends, family, and business associates. That’s why you want to keep your systems and software updates.
There are trusted security program that can help keep your devices secure. And that can potentially help all those people you interact with online. But it’s also important to know anti-virus protection isn’t enough to protect your devices against all cyber threats
As a business it can be difficult to keep up with software updates, security patches and upgrades, and implement it across your entire organization. You could ignore those reminders to update your software, but you might be missing out on a lot, starting with your cyber security. Having a service level agreement with us as your managed service providers MSP – we will ensure that all your business devices are updated, patched and secure.