JOLIET BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Do You Really Need to Install Those Software Updates?
Joliet Black Chamber Of Commerce issued the following announcement on May 31.
The answer probably won’t surprise you. With the constant evolution of technology that we depend on daily, and the resulting threats of hackers taking advantage of it, updated software is essential to your small business.
It is the final hour of a task you have been putting off and then the dreaded software update notification pops up unexpectedly. “[Insert random update] is now available and is ready to install,” it insists. You deliberate, knowing that the update will require time that you don’t have right now, most likely requiring you to restart your computer or device after installing.
Maybe you hit “ignore” until the next reminder pops up, shoving down that twinge of guilt saying you’re not taking the best care of your equipment. But do you really need to follow that instinctual gut reaction that says you should take the time to perform software updates?
The simple answer is, yes, according to Guy Baroan, president of Baroan Technologies, especially due to security purposes.
Once software companies have worked through most of the kinks in a new program during alpha and then beta releases—when only select businesses have access to the software—they then release into “general availability” said Baroan. It’s at this stage that all users have access to the software. With more users interacting with it, more issues spring up. The issues are resolved and patched by the software companies with varying degrees of urgency, depending on how high the security threat level is. High-risk threats result in ZERO-DAY exploit patches getting deployed immediately and should be installed on the user end with the same urgency, said Baroan.
But regardless of threat level, Baroan maintained that software updates need to get installed. “Today, this is not an option like it was in the past. With all the security threats that exist and the money that is made from companies that were hacked, it is a must to install all patches as they come out,” Baroan said. “This will also ensure that you get the latest fixes to the software.”
Although installing updates can result in new issues that get created that didn’t exist before, “the downside of not installing updates is still much greater than the amount of issues that may arise from the upgrade,” Baroan said.
Ultimately, the bottom line remains the same: Update your systems when updates get released. “The bad players are getting into the systems with those users that do not run the updates. It is much more difficult for them to attack patched systems,” according to Baroan.
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Source: Joliet Black Chamber Of Commerce