Why you should NOT keep your software updated

Software Updater

Cybercrime, virus and phishing attacks are all on the rise globally.  After all, it’s a multimillion dollar business & combating these threats is an ongoing struggle for businesses everywhere.  However, despite everything you have read and heard, you are not at risk right?  You do not need to worry about keeping your software and computer up to date, do you?  After all, it is not like you do any of these activities online:

Reading emails

You don’t have an email account, do you?  Oh, you do? Well, have you ever heard of phishing emails?  These emails pretend to be from your bank, the government even friends and family and they try to trick you for your financial information.  Of course, if your systems and software was completely up to date, you’d be protected as even free antivirus programs like AVG and Avast have databases to track issues of this type.  But I’m sure you’ll be OK.

Social media

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr – let’s be honest, there are hundreds of social media sites and more popping up every day!  Unless all you do there is stalk other people (and perhaps even if that is all you do) your name and information is fairly public and you are easy prey to cybercriminals. Not only do they have your information, but they know who your friends and family are and they can easily build a profile to compromise you.  Clicking on a link that a “friend” has sent you is not always the best bet, as their system could already be compromised –

Not only do they have your information, but they know who your friends and family are and they can easily build a profile to compromise you.  Clicking on a link that a “friend” has sent you is not always the best bet, as their system could already be compromised – however, if your apps were up to date, you would not need to worry, would you?

Risks of not keeping your software up to date

While I’m trying to make a rather heavy handed point with this article, I hope that it is clear to you that your only protection is ensuring all the software on your system is up to date.  The unfortunate fact is that there is too much money to be made by the bad guys and they are not going to go away anytime soon.

The only way to truly protect yourself is to ensure that you are using a good antivirus, your apps are up to date as well as your operating system as a whole.

Some antivirus software companies even offer automatic software updates. This feature is eg. integrated into Avast, Avira or AVG antivirus in their premium versions.

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