You’re hard at work on your computer or device and a message suddenly pops up saying, “a software update is available”. You’re busy, so you click “cancel” instead of “install”, thinking you’ll get to it later, but you never do. Sound familiar?
The truth is it’s easy to skip software updates because they can take up a few minutes of our time, and may not seem that important. But this is a mistake that keeps the door open for hackers to access your private information, putting you at risk for identity theft, loss of money, credit, and more.
Do you remember the JP Morgan Chase security breach back in 2014. They came in clean with their mistakes and that big of a corporation isn’t going anywhere. The 83 million dollar loss was due to unsecured and not updated software that creates open passages for cyber criminals to do as they please. The bad reputation, the loss of business, and the millions and millions of dollars flushed down the tubes. Even if the company does all the right things to get back on track, the stigma of the breach rests with their brand resulting in perpetual losses.
In fact, many of the more harmful malware attacks we see take advantage of software vulnerabilities in common applications, like operating systems and browsers. These are big programs that require regular updates to keep safe and stable. So instead of procrastinating about software updates, see those updates as one of the most essential steps you can take when it comes to protecting your information.
In addition to security fixes, software updates can also include new or enhanced features, or better compatibility with different devices or applications. They can also improve the stability of your software, and remove outdated features.
All of these updates are aimed at making the user experience better. And while repeated update reminders can be annoying, especially if you have a lot of different applications, they can improve your experience in the long run and ensure that you get the most from your technology.
While some computer software requires you to manually approve and install updates, updating software on your mobile devices can be a lot easier. You can select auto-update, ensuring that your mobile apps stay current. Considering that the average smartphone owner uses 30 apps a month, and have at least twice that many installed, this could save you a lot of time and effort.
Now that you know how important software updates can be, here are a few more tips valuable to the Biztek process to help you:
- Know that keeping your security software up-to-date is critical. This will protect you from the latest threats.
- Select auto-update for software on both your mobile devices and computers, when possible. For software that doesn’t update automatically, make it a habit to regularly check for and apply available updates.
- Before downloading any software, read others’ reviews first to make sure it’s safe to install in the first place. Cyber-criminals like to distribute phony applications designed to steal your information.
- Keep on top of the latest threats so you know how to protect yourself from known vulnerabilities.
Biztek solutions provides businesses with safe guidelines and recommendations regarding needed updates for your computers. We hopefully ascertain the patterns of productivity that pertains to your day-to-day and make sure you’re up to date on being protected from the latest anti-security tactics. We know things like this are more “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” and we want to take it a step further and take care of the littlest of issues to help secure you for when the bigger issues come along.
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*Credits to McAfee Security
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