Neglecting Your Software Updates is a Risk, and Here’s Why
Anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone knows what it’s like to see those little pop-up messages advising you of awaiting software updates. Sometimes they are ignored for a while, as we all click on the “Remind Me Later” button until we find a moment to address it. But delaying your update can be risky in a few ways.
Software updates do more than just give you a couple of new emojis that you don’t need, so updating right away is always the best option to help you avoid serious issues.
What Software Updates Do
You can expect software updates to contain bundles of enhancements, some inane and unnoticeable, others that add great features to your electronic use, and others still that are critical to the way your device functions and offers security.
So while you may not care about certain aspects of a software update, the update itself may fix bugs, repair security holes, and enhance overall performance.
Ensure a Safe Device
There are always people out there trying to take advantage of software vulnerabilities, and a system that has not been updated in a while exposes you to that threat. Hackers are everywhere and all of them are trying to gain access to your personal information, data, and passwords.
By inserting code into malicious software (malware) a hacker can breach your system through a simple visit to the wrong website, opening the wrong spam email, or viewing an infected media packet without you even knowing it.
To avoid an attack on your privacy and keep your files safe, software updates plug the vulnerabilities, making it harder to breach. With all those personal files you probably have on your system, it’s important to be concerned about keeping them safe. Nobody wants their financial information stolen or their identity used by someone else. What’s worse is that you could be the target of a ransomware attack, where your data is encrypted by a criminal and they demand a ransom for you to get it back.
A simple software update can keep these hackers from taking over not only your device but your life.
Protection for More Than Just You
In making sure your software is updated, you are certainly saving yourself from security issues. But you are also helping to save everyone on your contact list. A virus on your device can be passed on to all your friends, family, and business associates. By clicking “Remind Me Later” on your awaiting software update puts all those people at risk.
Keep Progress Forward
You can stay up to date on all your apps, improving functionality, add new features that you might find helpful or enjoyable, and you can keep your device running smoothly with every software update you install.
So you could wait on those software updates, but remember what you’re putting at risk by doing so. Just one click to “Update Now” can save you so much trouble and make your device experience more enjoyable.
Longhurst Consulting is focused on providing reliable and secure IT solutions with the best value for our clients. For more information contact us at (403)483-8699 or email mitz@Longhurstconsulting.com.