Getting an alert to restart your computer because it just finished its automatic update for the operating system or computer software always seems to happen at the most inopportune times. More often than not, and unfortunately, many put off or even cancel the updates, without knowing the consequences.

Actually, failing to follow on with the updates, whether automatic or manually, will leave your computer open to huge security risks and even miss out on improved functionality. While the latest updates are great for all users, the importance of all updates cannot be emphasized enough for all types of businesses.

To help you gain a better understanding on the importance of updating your OS or software, here are 4 vital things highlighted that you may be overlooking.

Hackers and cybercriminals are very much active

One of the best reasons to install the latest OS and software update is to stay protected from security threats. Older software will continue to have the same bugs and exploitable holes in the code that will allow hackers and cybercriminals to enter your computer illegally. This is made even more serious by the fact that all of these exploitable entry points have generally been made public after the release of updates.

You’ll miss out on new and improved features

Thankfully, most software updates do not revolve around the apocalypse as developers are always working to improve functionality on every OS or software. From the moment an application is released, developers are constantly looking to add new and improved features to make all users’ experience that much better.

All your files are at risk without the latest updates

When you consider how almost everything is stored digitally, your important information, documents, and other files suddenly seem very much at risk than ever before. Certain malware can actually wipe your files and data as well as transmit it from your computer to a remote server.

The Sony Pictures hack in 2014 clearly highlights the severity of these kinds of attacks. Confidential information, including private employee information, salary information and unreleased movies were stolen before being released in cinemas. After this, the malware then erased Sony’s computer infrastructure. Making sure you update your OS and software can help to mitigate the risk you’ll face from these kinds of threats.

You could pass on malware to others if your computer is infected

The peak of e-mail viruses actually has yet to come, and this is still a prevailing risk that you should be careful about. Viruses or malware can quickly spread through private and work e-mail networks, USB’s, flash drives, and removable hard drives, making outbreaks spread quickly. Installing the latest updates for your operating system and antivirus program will allow you to get real-time alerts when you receive dangerous files, e-mails, and suspicious attachments. Depending on the severity of the attack, you could save yourself some explaining as well as any costs for damages.

This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:12:32 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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