We’re all guilty of ignoring that persistent little pop up or the exclamation mark in the corner. Updates always seem to arrive at the wrong time; when you’re in the middle of a task or a meeting. It’s so easy to click the ‘Remind Me Later’ button over and over, until it becomes a habit.
There’s a reason that updates seem unrelenting. The developers of the software you are using are constantly working to improve it. As a technology company, we know just how much work goes into every update we send out. Our flagship product, Synapse, is always undergoing work to keep it at its best. We send out an update every few months to add functionality, patch bugs, and keep the application clean. If you spot that little notification on your app, make sure you update it!
Updating is more important than a lot of people give it credit for. Here’s why:
You’ll get the newest features and functions
In technology, there’s no such thing as a finished product. There are teams of researchers, developers and testers planning out the next addition to a software. There could be a redesign in place that makes the processes that you don’t love far easier, a new piece of functionality that you didn’t realise you needed, or a way to speed things up.
The older your version of the software gets, the worse it is. If you’re keeping up to date on your device but not the software, or vice versa, the two will become incompatible and you’ll experience a lot of problems in the way it all looks and works.
It’s not just about features – it’s about security.
A lot of work goes into making sure that an app is safe to use and protects the data it holds. Nevertheless, a product as expansive and complex as an app can still have flaws that their developers never found. Ongoing testing is usually going on behind closed doors to push the app to its limits, finding back routes in and getting them solved before they’re found elsewhere. In the event that somebody on the outside world finds a security flaw, it’s often reported to the developers to be fixed. If you’re using an older version of an app or software, there’s a good chance that you aren’t protected from the security issues that have been solved post-launch.
There is a very real threat to devices from unsecure software. Especially once an issue has been found, it’s not unusual for it to be exploited by cybercriminals to target those who have failed to update. This is known as a zero-day vulnerability. Last year, 76% of successful attacks on organisation endpoints made use of this type of vulnerability.
All the prompts and prods to update come from the creator’s need to protect the devices of those using their product. They know that it’s their responsibility as a developer to protect their users from data breaches and security risks, but can only protect those who accept the help.
If you’re known to click the ‘remind me later’ button, take a second now to go into your settings and update the device you’re reading this on. Use it as an excuse to take a screen break or make yourself a drink – by the time you get back, your device will be more secure.
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