The Benefits of Keeping Your Software Updated

Published on: 24th April 2024

This week, I picked software updates as my topic. Software updates make most of us groan. They take time and are generally regarded as a nuisance, but they are really important.

Here is why.

A hacker inside your device can

📩 Export your emails
🔐 Encrypt your documents
🕵🏻 Install spyware
🗝️ Steal session cookies (e.g. access to logged-in websites)
👩🏻‍💻 Impact your suppliers and clients

and none of these are good news.

Hackers utilise your out-of-date software, especially web browsers, to access your device.

 

Let me explain how. Hackers write code that exploits your software to gain access. Then, it is a cat-and-mouse game because the software company will make changes to their code to close off the risk and release it as an update. This is why you need to update your software.

Unfortunately, it only takes one instance of out-of-date software for your entire business to be vulnerable.

Here is what you can do. I recommend that you routinely
✔️ use the most up-to-date operating systems
✔️ keep your software up-to-date
✔️ when your browser needs an update, action it
✔️ be proactive with updates and restarts
✔️ only install software from reputable sources
✔️ avoid free software

Knowing your digital assets and information are well-protected, you can stay focused on your work and achieve more.

 

 

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