CYBER BLOG: Updates

Do you ever wonder why you keep getting pestered by pops up windows to notify you that it’s time for yet another update? Why are updates even that important? Below, will discuss what an update is and why they are vital for software and operating systems.

What is an update?

Free updates are available to download when a bug has been found that needs to be fixed or patched. The update should correct any features that haven’t been working correctly, as well as adding new software features or removing any outdated ones.

What do updates do?

They help to fix any bugs that have been identified and any security issues that have been found. All of which enable it to run more smoothly and prevent hackers form gaining unauthorised access to your personal and confidential information.

What are updates are available for your computer?

If you are running Windows version 10, 8.1 or 7, security updates are still available. Windows 10 can even be set to update in the background so you don’t have to do a thing! However, Windows XP and Vista don’t get any updates anymore. If you are using those versions of Windows update to at least Windows 7 immediately!

For those of you using Apple software, Apple supports the current version and the two previous updates which include OS X 10.12 (Sierra), 10.11 (El Capitan) and 10.10 (Yosemite). If you are unsure if updates are available for the software you are using have a look at Google “Windows lifecycle factsheet” for more information.

Don’t forget to keep your mobile device up to date as well.

Why are updates so important?

Weaknesses found in any software or operating system can be exploited by a hacker and can be taken advantage of. Hackers can infect your computer with malware to steal personal data or gain control of your system. Updates are very easy to do and can prevent a lot of damage to your systems and files. They may seem like a pain but they are another level of security!

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