Importance of Software Updates
Computer software should be kept as up-to-date as possible, as these updates will provide added security and, in some cases, extra functionality to your software.
Operating systems are the most integral part of your system and should be kept up-to-date regularly. Your operating system will have a software update program that will allow you to easily update your software. In some cases, these programs will not only provide updates to the operating system, but updates to other programs as well.
It is important to keep your operating system up to date. If you choose to disable automatic updates, be sure to check at least once a day for any updates that may be available for your system.
Most other pieces of software will have a software updater built-in to the software. You can check with the developer, who will be able to outline the update process for you.
Another piece of software that is important to keep up-to-date is your anti-virus software. The anti-virus software uses what are called definitions to find and actively protect you from threats. Most vendors will update their definition files on a daily basis, and it is important to keep these files up-to-date. If your definitions are not up-to-date, your computer will not be protected from the latest threats. Be sure to keep these definition files up-to-date for this reason. If you are unsure how to update your definitions, check with your anti-virus vendor, as they will be able to give you instructions on how to keep your anti-virus software secure and up-to-date.
In addition to keeping your software up-to-date through the software updater, it is also important to use a version of the software supported by the developer. If the developer is not actively supporting the software that you’re using, this is just as dangerous as not using the most up-to-date software possible. New security exploits may have been found that developers will not patch. For this reason, it is important to stay on a supported version of the software.