Why is updating software important?

Accepting the updates on our devices can sometimes be really inconvenient. You switch on your PC when you get to work one morning and it tells you that it needs to update. You haven’t got time for that, you have a million things that you need to be doing and you really don’t want to press update and then have to sit there and wait.

Software updates can sometimes seem like frivolous things because we can’t see the benefit to them. Sometimes when we update our phones we might get new features and then we see an update as a benefit because we are getting something out of it. With a Windows update, we often don’t see what has happened behind the scenes so we don’t think that it is worth our time to let the update happen. If you haven’t got time for the update first thing in the morning, then tell it to update when you leave the office that evening so that your day is not disturbed. Never just ignore the fact that your PC needs an update.

Even though we might not be able to see the benefits of a software update there is a reason for them, otherwise the software company wouldn’t bother to waste their time creating one. Software updates are often referred to as patches and this is because they fix or improve something on your computer. One of the things that patches often fix is backdoors or holes in software that hackers could manipulate.

What happens if you don’t update your software?

Back in May, the NHS was crippled by the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware incident. Worldwide, the cyber-attack was catastrophic. Over 230,000 computers had been reported to have been infected in the first day, spreading over 150 countries. The NHS, Spain’s Telefonica and FedEx were just some of the more well-known names that were affected by the attack. Those responsible had taken advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft’s implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. None of ACUTEC’s clients were affected by this attack because Microsoft had issued a patch or security update in March that fixed the issue. Anyone who had not accepted that Windows update would have been at risk.

What is the effect of Ransomware?

Ransomware is just one issue that can occur if you do not make sure that you are patching your devices when needed. If Ransomware ends up on your device, then your files will be encrypted and you will receive a demand for payment in return for those files being decrypted. Your business ends up being driven to a standstill because you cannot use the data you need to run your business.

How do I make sure my computer gets updated?

One of the steps of our 7 essential steps to cyber security is patch management. Patch management is where processes and strategies are put in place to ensure that your devices and other hardware are being patched when needed to ensure that your business is not left open to attack. If you would like to learn more about patch management then please call us on 01675 469020 or drop us an email at hello@acutec.co.uk. 

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