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September 9, 2021

Why do I need to update my software?

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The short answer is yes. The long answer is also yes.

One of the core security services AllPro Technologies provides for clients is ensuring software updates and patches are installed on a regular basis. This includes updates for servers, workstations, firewalls, switches, wireless access points, and more.

The top two questions we get asked is “Why should I update?” and “Why is updating a security service?”

There would not be many “update debates” if every update worked 100% with no issues. We all know that software updates sometimes do not work, and things get broken. While this is rare, this does not stop most people from feeling like “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

I want to let you in on a little secret. When there are security updates to install, something is already broken, you are just unaware of the issue.

Lets first clarify there are two main types of software updates. One is cosmetic and one is for security. Cosmetic updates change how the software works, looks, and feels. I will leave the cosmetic updates to your preference. Its your choice to do them or not (sometimes). I am not a fan of how vendors often bundle cosmetic updates with security updates, but that an argument for another time.

Security updates fix problems someone already found. Fixing problems, issues, and holes in software keeps the hackers out. This is why security updates are always yes, yes, and more yes.

Typically I would list all the various reasons you should update and go on and on, but not today. Today I will link to existing articles you may trust more than me….

Forbes > Encourage Your Team To Install Software Updates With These 10 Tactics

University of Maryland > The Importance of General Software Updates and Patches

US Cybersecurity Agency > Understanding Patches and Software Updates

How-To Geek > Why You Should Update All Your Software

Norton > 5 reasons why general software updates and patches are important

Popular Science > Stop putting off your device updates

Avast > 3 reasons why you should always update your software