With the convenience that the use of computers and technology like cloud storage, most companies are now basing their entire databases and important information about company operation on computers. With new innovations and software being developed for computers as operating systems, there is now a wide range of operating systems to choose from. The companies that develop operating systems such as Microsoft ensure that they make updates that include features and fix any bug issues. Having gotten comfortable with one version of the software, it can be a challenge to make these updates. This among others, is the reason as to why the updating of software is often met with criticism and cynicism. It is important to have your software updated due to the various challenges that are likely to come your way if you choose not to. The following are some of the major challenges that you are likely to encounter if you choose not to updated your operating system.
It is almost impossible to design software that is entirely perfect for all computer users and after a release, the software developers can proceed to uncover issues that the older operating system has. Some of these bugs leave the computer vulnerable to security breaches that could compromise the documents inside it and developers come up with fixes that get rid of these problems. If you as a user of the software does not update it to the latest version you will not be able to get these new features and your computer will still be vulnerable to attacks. It is therefore recommended for you to update your software so as to ensure that you get the latest security updates for the protection of your company documents and information.
There is a lot of, risk that is involved with computers that have not been updated due to the presence of ransomware. A good example is the case of the Wannacry attack which caused a global reaction due to the effect it had on the business computers that were infected. The reason as to why the penetration of this ransomware was so devastating is that most computers infected were running a version of Windows that was outdated.
It is important to ensure that when updating the operating systems running on computers in a network, the update is done on all of them. Having a computer that is not updated connected to your network can make it quite easy for a person with malicious Intent to compromise the security of your information system. Another major problem that running an updated version of the operating system process is if support stops. Without the security patches offered by the developers your computer and information system connected to it will be more and more vulnerable to attacks with time.