Importance of Software Updates and Patches

Importance of Software Updates and Patches

 

Most people delay software updates because it can take a bit of time. Delaying or cancelling software updates is a big security risk you can take. It makes your network vulnerable for hackers to get in and access to steal sensitive information

An example of a costly breach that could have been easily avoided if their software was updated on time, was the Equifax data breach. 143 million people were affected, and people’s private information were exposed. The hackers found a vulnerability through a web application and took that as an opportunity. The update was actually available a couple of months prior to the breach. The company delayed in installing the updates.

Other than security fixes, software updates may also include updated features on applications, as well as improving software capabilities.

As much as we don’t like clicking on that update button while we are in the middle of a project, it is very important to do so, in order to avoid potential costly data breaches and improve the use of the software.

Here are Important Tips on Software Updates:

  • Remember the importance of security updates and how it will protect you from a data breach and will help software run at its best performance.
  • You may opt in for automated updates and schedule the downloads on a convenient time.
  • Be vigilant in downloading any software, make sure it is a legit notification from the software company and not a fraudulent notice designed to steal your information.