We’ve all seen them before, and every one of us is guilty of ignoring them. They always seem to show themselves at the most inconvenient of times, too. Just when you’re in the middle of something important your computer decides that its time to install some update that will likely take an hour to finish, and then make you restart the computer after. So instead you tell your computer to remind you in ____. If you’re like me, I used to push the update to the furthest possible date and then forget about it. And then the update would show itself again, and again I would push it away and forget about it. I’ve since changed my irresponsible ways, and now I’m here to tell you why you should change your ways, too.
Those pesky update notifications are important for a multitude of reasons. Not only the Windows updates, but your software updates too. Each time you click ignore, you’re effectively telling your computer to stay unprotected and open to viruses and cyberattacks because you’re too busy. Those updates contain valuable fixes that your computer needs. This can include things such as adding new features or removing older ones, updating drivers, bug fixes, and most importantly, fixing security holes that have been discovered.
Risks You Face When You Don’t Update
Vulnerabilities exist in technology. Because things are changing so fast, it is a never ending battle of finding flaws and fixing them before the wrong people discover them. Hackers are always searching for these weaknesses, and they write code in order to target a specific vulnerability, which is packaged into malware. These attacks can infect your computer with little effort. All it takes on your part is viewing an infected website, opening a compromised message, or clicking on a bad link/ attachment in an email.
Once your computer is comprised, this malware can then steal your data, allow the attacker to gain control over your computer, and even use software in a way that it was not originally intended.
I know these constant updates are annoying, but they are worth it. Would you rather spend a few minutes updating your computer every now and then, or spend a lot of time and money to fix a problem because you were “too busy” to care about that latest update.
How to Ensure You Never Miss an Update Again
MicroAge has the ability to install monitoring programs onto all your computers (with your permission, of course), and keep track of the status of your computers. With us behind the wheel, you’ll never have to worry about whether or not things are updated correctly, because we do it all behind the scenes. We can schedule times to get these updates done so you’ll never even notice them!
If you’d like to learn more, feel free to reach out with any questions you might have!