Software Updates. Those annoying little pop up bubbles letting you know that a “new version” is available for download. Most people click out of the notification immediately. Ignoring any possible signs their computer could be telling them. They often think to themselves: ‘My computer is working fine’, ‘I don’t have time to reboot’, ‘Do I really need to be installing this update?’ Have you found yourself falling victim to these sayings. Well, as it turns out, software updates are one of the most important things you can do with your computer. Chances are, if you don’t update, your system is more likely to get hijacked or spammed with malware. Think of it this way, it’s similar to a recall to replace a defective part in your car. If you ignore the recall, your car will not work properly.
Why are they important?
Software updates are important because they protect you from security concerns and also enhance your user experience.
Security is a complex topic. Criminals and hackers are constantly prodding and testing codes. They look for flaws that would enable them to steal information and take control of your computer. Lucky for you, there are also good people out there that search for the flaws. When a flaw is found the software vendor issues an update to fix the problem. They work to close the gap, fill the holes, and then release you the update.
Not only are they important to protect you from the bad guys, but they also make your software better with product enhancements. These features will add extra functionality and make your application run more efficiently.
What Software applies?
All software is up for grabs and at risk for being hacked. Common software you could relate to include any of your mobile apps, email communications, and your laptop operating system. Adobe products are also common.
Failure to update leaves your system vulnerable to being attacked or compromised. Don’t give them an option to hack your computer. You can set your system to update automatically and alert you when there is a new update available. A good rule of thumb is to check for updates at least once a week. No virus is the same and the way it attacks the system can be different. It’s better to be safe then sorry!
Kincaid’s Managed Services provides managed Microsoft and Third Party software updating for its clients’ machines. This allows us to keep track of the machines on your network which aren’t fully patched, and easily patch the machines in need. Keeping your network up-to-date with patching is just one of many best practices to combat security vulnerabilities.
Please take note that in April of 2014, Microsoft will no longer support the XP operating system. This means that patches will no longer be released for the OS, leaving any security vulnerabilities wide open and forever unresolved.
Kincaid can help you upgrade your aging infrastructure in your business to ensure your equipment and your business is protected.
Dan is the Chief Information Technology Architect at Kincaid Network Solutions. Connect with him on Google+.