It’s very easy to click “Remind Me Next Week” when those annoying software updates pop up on your screen. You’ll deal with it in the future, you don’t have time right now. But failing to install these updates on your computer can have serious consequences for your business.
Here are four reasons to upgrade your software that can keep your business safe and running smoothly.
- It Will Help Save You From Crippling Cyber Attacks
- You Won’t Miss Out On Exciting New Features
- Keep Your Hardware Happy and Healthy
- You Won’t Have To Deal With Costly Bills
The biggest reason to always upgrade and update your software is to protect your business from security issues. As soon as new software is released, hackers find holes in the system so they can access sensitive data.
Developers of the software find and fix these holes and implement the fixes in software updates. If you fail to download the latest versions of the software you use, then hackers will still be able to use the same entry points into your system.
Getting hacked because of outdated software is extremely common and can result in thieves taking customer information and bank details. Even if you recover from an attack like this, the loss of trust in your business can lead to serious financial problems.
Just take a moment to think about everything your business has stored online. From employee information to credit card details, everything can be transferred to a remote server or just wiped completely if you’re infected by malware.
Data loss has hit some of the world’s biggest organisations in recent years through harmful attacks and human error. Adobe, eBay and Uber are just three of the major corporations to have lost customer data through hacks.
Entertainment giants Sony have been hit twice since 2010. First, the PlayStation Network was hit in 2011 with over 77 million accounts hacked. Gamers couldn’t play online for almost a month and hackers accessed almost 12 million unencrypted credit card numbers.
Then, in 2014, Sony Pictures was hacked. Thieves accessed employee information, executive salary figures and even copies of unreleased films. The two separate incidents caused huge financial losses for Sony and a loss of trust with consumers.
Ransomware, like the malware used to cripple the NHS in 2017, can be spread through attachments in emails. Free downloads of antivirus software aren’t enough to stop it and if you don’t have fully updated email filtering and a high-quality antivirus platform, then you’re at risk.
Web and email filters can spot and block any potential ransomware that’s trying to access your system, but it’s important to keep these filters updated as new ransomware is released all the time.
The great thing about software is that even after you’ve bought it, the product can still improve. Developers want their software to be as fantastic as possible so they’re regularly adding new features.
Failing to update software will mean you don’t have access to new features that could make your life a lot easier. Every business owner knows that some software applications are essential but are riddled with bugs and glitches. New updates eliminate these bugs, allowing you to be more efficient and productive.
Keep an eye on the patch notes for each update though, as you never know when your favourite feature is about to be taken out. You’ll need to find different ways to carry out important processes that your business relies on.
Your business will suffer if your hardware isn’t working hard for you. The easiest way to maintain your hardware is by ensuring it’s compatible with the software you’re using. Hardware will not run as effectively if it’s operating on old software.
A lot of the IT problems that many businesses have to face can be traced back to incompatibility issues between hardware and software. Brand-new items of hardware are designed for the software of the moment, so make sure to install the latest versions.
When IT infrastructures need changing, the first thing many people think about is investing in new hardware. But before making these costly decisions, see if there are any new software upgrades available that will fix your issues.
Cyber attacks and hardware replacements are just two expensive results of failing to upgrade your software. Many software updates are free and take just a few minutes to complete but having them installed can prevent your business from dealing with a costly bill.
Updates fix issues in programmes you were thinking about replacing and increase productivity. Staff will always work faster when they aren’t having to deal with issues like faulty software.
Carrying out the updates often fixes their problem and allows them to get back to work, helping the business to improve and ultimately making you more money in the long run.
Need Advice on Keeping Your Software Updated?
It can be as easy as setting up automatic updates when it comes to managing your business’ software. Some programmes can automatically download and install new upgrades so you don’t have to worry.
Other programmes require a little more thought and if you’re confused by the process, an external provider can help.
Silverbug take care of your company’s IT, so you don’t have to. We offer 24/7 technical support and expert advice so that your business has all the tools it needs to be successful. From system monitoring software to full infrastructure changes, Silverbug can find the right solution to suit your business. We offer jargon-free advice to help you take the best course of action.
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