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#WeekendWisdom 003 Updates

Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 3. This week we are going to talk about Updates.

Updates

I know, I know, you’re sick of people talking to you and telling you to do updates, but bear with me for a minute.

Software is created by application developers. Application developers are human. Humans make mistakes. Therefore application developers make mistakes.

These mistakes when they are put into programs, they create bugs, which is what the bad guys are always looking out for because bugs allow them to be able to make the software do things it was never designed to do in the first place. And therefore they can use that, leverage that to break in, make the systems their own, take control.

So the good guys, the application developers, when they realise they have bugs or bugs are reported to them, they will fix these bugs so that will keep the bad guys out as far as possible. They’ll fix that bug, they’ll probably also introduce a few more, but that’s the nature of software development.

So it’s really important that you do apply patches and updates as soon as you get them. So that’s the reason for it.

Now what do you need to apply updates to?

You’re probably saying to me right now, my laptop updates automatically, my desktop does, my phones do. So yes all these devices are probably set up to automatically update, but do you remember a couple of weeks ago when we talked about doing an inventory, which contains a list of all of your assets, all your IT assets?

  • Your telephones.
  • Your printers.
  • Your routers.
  • Your switches.

All of these devices, they all contain software, which, now maybe not as often as a laptop or a phone, but they do require updates on a frequent enough basis. So you might also need some technical support with being able to get those updates put into place. But its kind of advisable to do it on a fairly frequent basis. So please look to doing that, scheduling that.

So that’s it for this week. Let’s be careful out there and I will see you again next week.

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