Protect IT: Importance of Security Updates

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Hackers are hard at work on identifying new vulnerabilities and ways to exploit private and sensitive information. Cybercrime is on the rise and companies of every size in every industry are at risk. Fortunately, installing software updates is an effective way to ensure your device is protected and up to date.

Benefits of updating

Software updates deliver many benefits to users. Updates contain not only security patches, but also include new or enhanced software features, improve compatibility, and boost the overall performance and stability of the software. The updates might also remove outdated features from your device.

Protecting your device ensures that your data is safe, but it’s also a measure you can take to protect others. If a virus infects your device, there is a chance you could pass it on to friends, family, and colleagues through your communications with them. Keeping your device secure helps the entire community you interact with online.

Don’t procrastinate when it comes to updates

When an update is available, an alert will appear on a computer or device notifying the user that the update is ready to be installed. The alerts will continue to show up until the update is completed. The notifications can become a bit of a nuisance, so it is in the user’s best interest to install the update as soon as it is available to reap the benefits of the most current security features. Rather than clicking “Remind me later,” choose to update at that time.

While computers usually require manual approval and installation prior to updating, software updates on mobile devices can be automated making it easy for users to protect their devices. You may adjust this preference in your mobile device settings to automate the update process. Given that mobile phone users are estimated to access at least 30 apps a month, these updates are a critical first line of defense against hackers.

Defend your data

The ease and convenience of conducting our daily activities digitally has changed the way we operate. Online banking, booking reservations, checking email, and so many other activities are done online. Information is at our fingertips any time we want it.  This also means that our sensitive data is stored in places outside of our control and is vulnerable to risks.

Software updates protect your information from cybercriminals by applying necessary patches to security weaknesses. Having updated software and the most current operating system helps keep your data out of the hands of unsavory cybercriminals.

Protecting your personal data and information has never been more important. The experts at AJTC stay ahead of all the latest technology trends and have the specialized knowledge required to protect your company’s data.  Contact AJTC today to learn more about IT security and other services. You may also visit AJTC here or call 708.942.8200.

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