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Tech Resolution #5: Thou Shalt Keep Your Software Updated

January 2, 2018 • Cybersecurity

Keeping the software that you use updated is incredibly important. Whether it is plugins on your website, or design software on your laptop, those updates aren’t just for fun. They often include incredibly important patches for security holes that have been found.

One of the most important things you can do to avoid harmful malware attacks on your computer – attacks that can leave your finances, your customers and your identity at risk – is keep your software updated, because many malware attacks focus on software vulnerabilities in things like your operating system or your browsers. Want a real life example of how devastating not updating software can be? Take a look at the Equifax hack, which could have been prevented with a security patch that had been available for months.

Keeping your website updated will also affect its usability. If your contact form, for instance, requires an update, failing to do so could be losing you customers right now.

Update your software, friends. Keep your website updated. Don’t ignore those browser or smartphone updates. Schedule updates to automatically run at night, if you want, but make sure you are aware of where you are vulnerable. This resolution might be the thing that keeps you from a devastating data loss.

(Tech Resolution #5 was the final resolution in a series. You can read Tech Resolution #1 here, #2 here, and #3 here, and #4 here. Happy New Year, and may good technology be with you!)

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