Don't hit ignore on those all important software updates...
5 Reasons To Keep Your Software Up-To-Date
In the digital age, computers, laptops and other devices are an indispensable part of our personal and working lives. As a collective, we use them to do almost everything from transferring money to streaming our favourite Netflix shows to talking to each other! But they are also often critical for our work lives too. But if you want to keep your device secure and optimized you need to ensure that you are up-to date here’s our reasons why you shouldn’t hit ‘remind me later’ when those all important updates pop up on your screen.
Probably the most important reason to keep your computer software up to date is security. Updates often include important security patches that fix vulnerabilities and protect your system from malicious cyber attacks that have been identified. The UK National Cyber Security Centre recommends that you should apply updates as soon as they become available.
‘If you receive a prompt to update your device (or apps), don’t ignore it. Applying these updates is one of the most important (and quickest) things you can do to keep yourself safe online.’
Software updates also often include improvements to your device’s performance, which can make it run faster and more efficiently. This can help improve productivity and make your experience more enjoyable.
New software updates may also be required to ensure compatibility with other software or hardware you use. By not keeping your software up to date, its highly likely that you will encounter issues that prevent you from using certain programs or devices.
Software updates often also include bug fixes that address issues that may be causing your device to crash or malfunction. Keeping your software up to date can help prevent these issues from occurring and ensure your computer runs smoothly.
Updates to your software can also introduce you to new opportunities for new features and functionality that can improve your device’s experience.
‘Consider an iOS update – the latest of them had a huge range of new capabilities, from message editing and customizable lock screens to Apple Pay enhancements and even a Safety Check feature to help people in abusive relationships.’ – We Live Security, October 2022.
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