We have all seen our phones and computers doing automatic updates at one point or another, but have you ever wondered what the importance of it is?
Software updates can add new features or remove old ones, improve performance, and address security flaws that you may not have been aware of.
Malicious folks often take advantage of out of date software when they attack because it’s a weak point, similar to a door with a broken lock. This can give them access to your data and in more severe cases control of your device! They could steal or delete your important files. Losing your tax forms or that important photo you took years ago would probably be an unpleasant experience.
Your device may not be the only one affected. We are all connected without realizing it, even more so with the number of different devices out there. With this connection, like the common cold you may end up spreading software virus to your friends, family, or workplace without knowing it.
Here are some general tips you can do to keep your devices up to date and safe:
Apply software updates promptly, if you see an update notification click it. Better yet turn on automatic updates.
Check with your vendors to see if your device can still be updated. Sometimes continued support ends which means no more updates and leaves your device at risk. It may be time to get an upgrade if that’s the case.
If you have any questions on updating software, please contact your company's IT department.