Software updates are important to your cyber security and digital safety. The sooner you update, the sooner you’ll feel confident your device is more secure — until the next update reminder.
They tell you software updates are available for your computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. You usually click, “Remind me later” button. Don’t do it. Or, at least don’t put off updating your software for long.
Check out these reasons why it is so important to update your software.
1. Software updates do a lot of things
Software updates offer many benefits. It’s all about revisions. These might include repairing security holes that have been discovered and fixing or removing computer bugs. Updates can add new features to your devices and remove outdated ones.
While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to make sure your operating system is running the latest version.
2. Updates help patch security flaws
Hackers are attracted to security flaws, also known as software vulnerabilities. A software vulnerability is a security hole or weakness found in a software program or operating system. Hackers can take advantage of the weakness by writing code to target the vulnerability. The code is packaged into malware — short for malicious software.
An exploit sometimes can infect your computer with no action on your part other than viewing a rogue website, opening a compromised message, or playing infected media.
Then what? The malware can steal data saved on your device or allow the attacker to gain control over your computer and encrypt your files.
Software updates often include software patches. They cover the security holes to keep hackers out.
3. Software updates help protect your data
You’re most likely keeping a lot of documents and personal information on your devices. Your personally identifiable information — from emails to bank account information — is valuable to cyber-criminals.
They can use it to commit crimes in your name or sell it on the dark web to enable others to commit crimes. If it’s a ransomware attack, they might encrypt your data. You might have to pay a ransom for an encryption key to get it back. Or, worse, you might pay a ransom and not get it back.
Updating your software and operating systems helps keep hackers out.
4. It’s not all about you
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 software and systems updated.
A trusted security program such as Norton 360TM 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 is not enough to protect your devices against all cyber-threats.
5. You deserve the latest and greatest
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.
You could ignore those reminders to update your software, but you might be missing out on a lot, starting with your cyber security.
Another option? If you’re still not wanting to click on “Update now,” you may be able to configure your devices to update automatically. If so, your problem is solved.
These reasons alone should be enough to convince you of the importance of maintaining software updates. Keep your software running in good order, free of security vulnerabilities, and keep your employees happy by maintaining software updates for your applications and operating systems.