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Published: Tuesday, 27 April, 2021

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Importance of software updates

So what does software updates mean? - You may already be familiar with these little pop-ups. They alert you, that there is available software updates for your computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

Mostly because of the rush, busyness, maybe laziness, you're tempted to click the "Remind me later" button or ask someone, who is smarter to turn off these pop-ups altogether.

Software updates are important for your digital security and cybersecurity. The sooner you update your device, the sooner you can be sure about security - until the next update.

Why are software updates so important? There are many reasons. However, in this article we will discuss the most important. It will be such a small insight into the world of Updates.

Software audit

Software updates offer many benefits. You can say, that program updates audit the software. This may include repairing "holes" in "security walls" and troubleshooting computer errors or replacing parts of software. Updates can add new features to devices and remove obsolete ones.

As a good option, we recommend, that you also check to see, if your operating system has the latest version while you perform this standard update.

Updates help to fix security vulnerabilities

Hackers like the flaws in security systems , also known as software vulnerabilities - "security holes." Such "security holes" are a major flaw found in one of the programs or the operating system itself. Hackers can take advantage of these vulnerabilities to customize and create their own code.

The question arises, how did such "security holes" develop? Rather, this question would not be correct in this way. Rather, such "security holes" are founded, detected and remedied. And it's even so trivial, because we all know - "If there is a door and it is locked, then an stranger eye will always look for a solution to unlock that door and enter. At least for the sake of interest. ”

Sometimes, your computer can be infected with virtually no action other than viewing a malicious site, opening a compromised message, or playing infected media.

In some cases, your computer may be infected simply by visiting an infected or maliciously crafted website, opening a compromised message (such as a PDF document), or playing an infected media file (video, audio).

What can happen next? Malicious software can send data stored on your device, such as passwords and other sensitive information, or allow an attacker to gain control of your computer and encrypt your files.

Software updates often include software "patches." They fix vulnerabilities in the security system so that hackers cannot access the system.

Software updates help protect your data

You may store a lot of documents and personal information on your devices. Your personal data and information, from emails to bank account information, is valuable to cybercriminals. They may use your name and other data for illegal and malicious activities, or to sell this sensitive information for further use.

If this is a ransomware attack, they may be encrypting your data. This means that you will have to pay a ransom for the encryption key, which will allow you to re-access your personal information. In such situations, your data is encrypted in such a way that it is actually very difficult to recover it on the device in question and in some cases even impossible.

Of course, the value of your data must be taken into account, but data loss is one of the most important reasons to update your software.

Responsibility for other people

Of course, cybersecurity is primarily about you, but you should also think about your fellow human beings. If your device receives viruses, the infection can be transmitted to the devices of friends, family, and business associates. Therefore, software and system updates should be taken seriously.

A trusted security program can help keep your devices secure. And it can potentially help all the people you communicate with online. And nowadays, with a large exchange of digital information, providing a good licensed antivirus on a daily basis is a pure trifle.

But it's also important to know that antivirus protection isn't a panacea to protect your devices from all cyber threats, which is why there's teamwork here - antivirus software + updates.

The latest extras

Updates not only eliminate "security holes", but also add new features and improve existing ones. You don't want to be left behind and morally obsolete, do you?

Your software likely will get stability while working - no more unexpected problems. Or the update can increase the performance of the program - more speed.

Another tip! - If you still don't want to waste time and click "Update Now", configure your devices to update automatically and your issue will be resolved.

We at Labs IT Serviss are always happy to help and tell you more about system security.

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