Reminders to update your operating systems or hardware applications such as Word always seem to come at the wrong time, don’t they?

You log in to send a quick email, or you’re working hard on an urgent document and sure enough a request to update pops up.

How often do you skip the update?

Failing to update your operating system and hardware applications can be a problem for two reasons. Firstly, it leaves you open to security breaches that could put your data and your customer’s information at risk. Secondly, it means you could be missing out on improved functionality from the new update.

And this is equally true for all computers whether you’re operating a mac or a windows machine.

Updates are particularly important for business owners who need IT that performs well and protects the information they hold about their customers.

Is it a while since you clicked Yes to update? Read on to find out more.

Updates: Crucial for Security

The most important reason to keep your operating system and hardware applications updated is for security.

Updates often fix bugs or vulnerabilities that hackers and cybercriminals exploit. Malware can wipe documents or transfer your information to a remote server. By updating your machine regularly, you can stay ahead of the game and protect your data – including potentially sensitive customers’ personal information. Updated systems will send real-time alerts when you receive potentially infected attachments.

Just because you have anti-virus protection, doesn’t necessarily mean your machine is safe. Automatic updates for virus protection can be switched off remotely by hackers. By updating regularly, you have peace of mind to know you are protected.

As well as protecting your data and your customers’ information, regular updates could prevent you from spreading malware to your contacts.

Update to Improve Functionality

When you purchase a computer, you buy the best operating system and applications you can afford for your business in order to make your IT systems work for you in the most efficient way possible.

But operating systems and applications are constantly being developed, not only for security reasons but also to improve functionality.

Failing to update means your business can’t take advantage of the latest features which are designed to provide a better experience for the end user. As well as improving existing features and introducing new ones, updates might improve performance speed and stability – no more crashing! It might also extend the life of your machine by optimising performance and increase battery life for mobile devices.

Why it’s Crucial to Update your Systems and Software

So next time you’re reminded to update, click yes! You could be preventing a serious security breach plus you’re enabling your systems to work as hard for your business as they can.

For advice about the best IT systems for your business, contact Transpeed. We’ve been helping businesses get the most out of their technology for over 25 years. Let us help you.

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