Let’s face it; software updates can be annoying. They take time to install; they break things (sometimes), remove things we like/ add things we don’t, and always seem to happen when you need to use your device. That being said, we HIGHLY recommend updating your software whenever possible.
People create the operating system and applications we use every day, and people are flawed. As a result, the software will have flaws. Writing software is complicated, and new vulnerabilities are found every day. That, coupled with the fact that hackers and other bad actors are continually probing these systems for weakness, makes updates critical. Software developers will release software updates and patches to fix issues with the code when they are found.
For example, the Equifax data breach was carried out because Equifax hadn’t updated its operating system. The vulnerability was found and fixed by Microsoft, but Equifax didn’t run the updates. As a result, millions of data being compromised.
All Software Needs Updates
A web browser and operating system aren’t the only potential entry points for malicious software to gain access to your computer. Other applications have security holes that could expose you, like Microsoft Office, Media Players, and Photoshop, to name a few. If an application you use regularly connects to the Internet or opens files from the Internet, it’s vulnerable to a potential attack.
Updates Doesn’t Mean Latest Version
Most software developers support a particular version of the software for several iterations. For example, macOS releases a new operating system every year. However, it will issue updates for that operating system a couple of years into the future. The important thing is to install the updates for whatever version you have.
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