Updating and Upgrading Software: What’s the Big Deal?

Every so often, a screen will pop up on your computer or laptop asking if you would like to update software (ex: Symantec/antivirus updates) or complete upgrades on your operating systems. While it may be tempting to just click the “x” in the upper-right hand corner, take a second to pay attention to these notifications.

In order to fully understand these reasons to perform updates and upgrades, it’s important to know the difference between the two terms. Although often used interchangeably, they differ quite a bit:

• Update: An update improves upon and makes changes to your current software version. It does not involve downloading an entirely new program.
• Upgrade: An upgrade allows you to obtain a new version of a program. Usually this comes with a fee, whereas updates generally do not have a cost.

Here are a few reasons why software and computer updates and upgrades are worth your time:

Protect Against Cyber-Attacks
First and foremost, performing updates keeps your device’s security at the top of its game. System updates are like patches that block any holes or vulnerabilities that have emerged in the original version. Cyber criminals work tirelessly to identify any weaknesses, which is why it so crucial to always stay one step ahead with the newest updates.

Fix Any Issues with the Software
Although any type of software is subjected to extensive testing before it reaches your device, there is still always the possibility of operational mishaps that are discovered once it has been used on a daily basis. Rather than purchasing an entirely new program, updates are available to solve these issues and create smoother usage.

Have Access to New Features
This benefit is especially true of mobile devices. Tech developers are constantly working to create new features that improve apps and systems. Without choosing to perform updates, you will not be able to take advantage of these features.

Have any further questions on updates or upgrades? Give us a call at 970-419-0602.

August 4, 2016

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