Why you should patch your software

Software updates are annoying. They take several minutes to an hour to complete, force you to restart your device or program, and worst of all, always seem to arrive when you're in the middle of something important.

It's tempting to skip these updates altogether especially when you're busy, but there are several reasons why you shouldn't.

Defend against cyberattacks

Most software applications are fairly secure upon release, but hackers eventually find loopholes that allow them to take control of a computer or steal valuable information.

Equifax, for example, failed to patch a software vulnerability despite the fact that an update was already available 2 months prior to the breach on November 2017. This oversight resulted in hackers stealing the personal information of 145.5 million people.

Software developers create security patches to protect you from the latest attacks, but it's important that you install them as soon as possible to avoid Equifax-esque data breaches.

Fix performance issues

The more complex and feature-rich a software is, the more bugs it will likely have.

Bugs, crashes, and other performance issues affect you and your staff's productivity. But if you stay on top of updates, you can ensure you're running the most responsive, bug-free version of your software.

Get cool new features

In addition to bug fixes and security patches, software updates often include new features and upgrades that make your life easier.

Microsoft Office apps, for example, have gone through many UI design changes that make it easy for users to find the functions they need. If you use VoIP software, updating it regularly can give you call quality enhancements, automation tools, and integrations with third-party software.

Developers are constantly innovating, so it's worth keeping your software up to date to get a competitive edge.

How to manage updates

Managing software updates across your company may seem tedious, but it doesn't have to be if you follow these steps:

- Inventory all the apps installed on company devices including current patch versions.
- Schedule updates, preferably during off-hours.
- Enable auto-update if software apps have the option.
- Use patch management software to install patches across all devices on your network.
- Check for new updates at least once a week and run full system scans to detect outdated software.

You can do all this yourself, but if you want a professional to handle everything for you, leave it to BlackStone Associates. Our managed services specialists will perform a complete audit of your systems to identify any outdated applications, and install company-wide updates with cutting-edge patch management solutions. We'll even fix patching errors and constantly check for newly released updates to make sure your software is in optimal condition.

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About BlackStone Associates

Established in 2014, BlackStone Associates is a leading provider of IT solutions and critical IT Support in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, Surrey & London. Offering a complete portfolio of innovative and robust IT services that enable businesses, of all sizes and sectors, to create modern-age, digital workspaces, that are designed to scale and support the current and future demands of its workforce.

As a vendor independent company, our loyalty is soley to you, our customer. Consequently, customer satisfaction is at the heart of BlackStone Associates' success, with its ability to deliver tailored IT and network solutions at an affordable price.

With an expert team of engineers and support staff with 20 years of experience, it's no wonder why many businesses & organisations trust BlackStone Associates to design, implement, manage and support their IT operations.

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