Being a small business is difficult enough without worrying about the issues that can come from compromised devices. But unfortunately, devices are easily compromised. It takes opening one email scam to compromise your whole device while it’s in tip top shape. But what if you continuously avoid updating your device and its software?
It can be annoying to get that little message that your device needs to update every week or so. Usually seeming to appear right when you’re in the middle of something important and don’t have time to deal with it. So, you push it off a day, then a week, several weeks, until your device is running sluggishly and not performing as you want it.
Now you run to your IT professional hoping they can give you a magical fix when all of this could’ve been avoided by either taking a small break to update or scheduling it for when you left the office. They usually only take a few minutes if you stay up to date, so it only becomes a hassle when you’re avoiding them.
But what does it really mean to avoid these updates? First, these updates have a purpose. They are fixing bugs, patching security risks, and generally improving usability. For a lot of software there are constantly hackers trying to find weaknesses that they can exploit in order to compromise your devices.
These companies are aware of this and are constantly working on improvements to their product and patching up any potential weak areas to force hackers to reset. This is to make sure that hackers can’t exploit these weak areas in order to compromise your device.
Updates also fix bugs and improve user experience. Not too long-ago Apple devices were having an issue where someone could call you on FaceTime and see through your camera even if you didn’t answer. This was a big privacy issue, and within days of discovering the bug a patch was released to fix the issue.
No one likes working on a sluggish device, it’s frustrating and time consuming. Something that you could finish in an hour gets dragged on an on because things take forever to load or refresh. Or maybe your app keeps crashing, either way it makes working on things unbearable.
By updating your device as it needs it you can avoid all the issues that come from neglecting them. While also keeping your device secure from the dangers that can come from having unsecure software on your device that can be compromised. Cyber security is our biggest priority whether it’s at home or at the office, but we often don’t realize how little things can impact the whole. Not updating your computer may seem like a small thing, but it can lead to a whole mess of problems.
We live in an age where people are constantly trying to invade our privacy in order to profit from it. While it may seem like a hassle to update your devices, in the long run it’s a lot more beneficial to just get it out of the way.