How many times have you had a pop-up window on your PC or smartphone notifying you that there are updates available? And how many times have you clicked the “Remind me later” button because the message popped up when you were in the middle of something important?
It is so important to do these updates. They add new features, remove outdated articles, update drivers, fix bugs and most importantly resolve security issues that have been discovered.
If a software vulnerability is found, then hackers can exploit this flaw by writing code specifically to target that weakness which is then packaged into malware. The malware can infect your computer with no action on your part other than viewing a website or opening a compromised message. Once your PC is infected, the malware can steal data and allow the attacker to gain control over your computer.
So even if you are busy, please do not forget to install the patches and updates! They are crucial to your device’s security and your safety.