Why You Should Update Your Software

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It’s easy to ignore updates. Just click “Do it later” until it’s forgotten. But the few minutes that you spend waiting for an update to finish can save you a whole lot of trouble in the future.

This is something we’re very familiar with since it includes software, certifications, regulations, or even terms of service. For example, new a+ 901 902 objectives were released in January 2019, iOS 13 in October of the same year, and Twitter is about to update its Terms of Service by January 1, 2020.

Updates go beyond a new UI or new features. They keep your device secure by reducing the chances of hackers breaching data and private information. Regular updates get rid of software vulnerabilities and bugs while increasing device compatibility, application performance, and software stability.

Postponing updates

In a study conducted by the University of Edinburgh and Indiana University, the results showed that only 21% of their respondents had pleasant experiences of software updates, while almost half of them reported negative experiences. Their concerns are the interruption of workflow caused by the amount of time needed to update and the possibility of the newly updated app to malfunction.

If you’ve been postponing a recent update on your computer or phone, here’s why you should stop doing it:

Increased security

In May 2017, a ransomware attack called “WannaCry” affected 200,000 computers in 150 countries. This cyberattack brought even the most technologically advanced countries–Russia, China, United Kindom, and the United States–the biggest headache.

WannaCry, or WannaCrypt, allowed hackers to gain access to personal information and data then demanded ransom for people to have it back. It’s like kidnapping data, and it’s either you pay via bitcoin or lost all of your data.

The thing is this could have been avoided if the software on everyone’s computer was kept up-to-date, especially since Microsoft had released a security patch update before the attack.

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UI and design improvements

This is the part that’s most apparent to people and sometimes sparks a conversation within users. For example, Windows 8’s key features were the tiles that replaced the typical program list on the Windows 7’s start menu. Then, these two features were merged when Windows 10 came. The start menu is contained to the left side corner of the screen, but the tiles are still present.

People respond to change this way, comparing the previous versions with the newer ones, but the more they get used to it, the more they can’t imagine things if they haven’t changed. Remember when the iOS aesthetics weren’t all flat? Do you notice the cube transition when in Instagram stories? Can you imagine if these little touches didn’t exist? Developers rely on design to improve user experience, and sometimes, users couldn’t imagine life before these updates.

Bug fixes

A software bug causes the application to crash, give errors, faults, and invalid processes. This is a defect in programming, source code, or design that affects the functions of the application, delivering incorrect results.

A lot of software updates include bug fixes, especially for newly-released operating systems. If you’re an iPhone user, you might see this in the description when updating your iOS.

Software updates should be done right when you receive the notification. They will give you a better user experience while also protecting your privacy and data.

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