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It's that alert on your desktop—the "upgrades available" indicator when you check your computer. Or when your smartphone tells you that it's going to update later while you're sleeping, and you defer it to another time. What if you miss an email or a text? You think to yourself; you don't need to do that update; your phone is working fine. Well, unfortunately, that thought is incorrect. You very much need that update.
One way to keep your cybersecurity stance and digital identity safer is to allow those updates to happen as soon as they are released – assuming that it is from an application or program that you have chosen to use or that your workplace requires. Sometimes these updates take hours, yet many times you don't even notice that they are happening. Regardless of the impact that they might have on you, they need to happen. Within these updates are fixes to bugs that might affect the program's performance, but they also include updates to close loopholes or security issues that the developer might have discovered as a way for hackers to compromise your data. It might even include a new feature that you're going to enjoy – a new filter, anyone?
Patching security flaws is an easy way to tighten security – and likewise, their existence is an easy way for hackers to get in there and steal your information or deploy ransomware so that your equipment is rendered useless. Even worse, they can use these flaws to gain access to a larger environment like the one that supports your place of business.
A smartphone usually contains more than your personal information. Keeping your device updated means that you are looking out for everyone, including friends and colleagues, who may risk exposure through your device.
Be sure to keep ALL of your devices updated. Staying up-to-date on software updates is one simple but effective way to strengthen your security posture and keep hackers away. For more information on how to continue to improve your security posture, reach out to your Pendello Solutions Team today.