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The Critical Importance of Regular Updates for Device Security

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In today’s interconnected world, device security is of paramount importance. Recent vulnerabilities have highlighted the need for vigilant monitoring and timely application of updates. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of regular updates, why they matter, and the steps you can take to safeguard your digital world. Corbel Solution’s Cyber Security services are here to proactively protect your networks and data from unauthorised access.

Why Updates Matter

Updates play a crucial role in maintaining your device security and functionality of applications. They are released regularly by providers and often contain security patches and new features. These patches are vital as they fix potential known flaws that attackers can exploit to compromise applications or devices. Neglecting updates can leave your systems vulnerable to cyber threats.

Think of your digital devices, like your smartphone and computer, as high-tech cars. Just like cars need regular maintenance to run smoothly and stay safe on the road, your devices need updates to keep them running smoothly and secure in the digital world.

Potential Consequences of Exploited Devices

When attackers successfully exploit vulnerabilities, they can cause serious damage. They might steal your sensitive information, encrypt files, or even render your devices useless. The implications of such attacks can be severe, both personally and professionally. Therefore, staying on top of updates is the first line of defence against these potential threats.

What to Keep Up to Date

Operating Systems

These are like the brains of your devices. They need regular updates to stay secure and perform well. Corbel manages this through our Remote Monitoring Tool that is included in all our IT Support contracts, but it’s equally crucial to ensure your personal machines are up to date. Operating system updates often contain critical security patches and performance enhancements.

Web Browsers and Extensions

Think of these as your gateway to the internet. Keeping them updated ensures a smooth and secure online experience. Whilst most browsers update automatically, it’s wise to periodically check and ensure your browser of choice is current, whether that’s Google, Microsoft Edge or Safari. Outdated browsers can become vulnerable to security breaches.

Third-Party Apps

These are like your trusty gadgets, some update themselves, but others need a little nudge from you. Be proactive and check the device store for updates, particularly on mobile phones, to ensure third-party apps are current.

Anti-Virus Software

As a part of our Managed IT Support offering, security updates are pushed out and proactively managed. If you’re using a different product at home, make sure your anti-virus software is regularly updated to defend against the latest threats.

Ensuring Full Device Updates

Always ensure your devices are running the latest software versions. At the time Corbel Solutions is writing this, iOS 17 is the latest version for iPhones, and Android 14 is the current release for Android devices. While older versions may receive maintenance for a period, it’s unwise to rely on unsupported versions, as they lack crucial security updates.

Never Skip or Decline Updates

Updates, especially security patches, are not to be ignored. Even seemingly minor updates can contain critical fixes. Always accept and install updates promptly to maintain a secure digital environment.

Preparation for Updates

Before initiating updates, ensure your device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi or ethernet connection. Additionally, make sure there is sufficient available storage space on your device to accommodate the update.

In a world where cyber threats are ever-evolving, staying vigilant with updates is non-negotiable. Regular updates are your first line of defence against potential vulnerabilities. By prioritising the security of your devices and applications, you are taking proactive steps to safeguard your digital life.

As a part of our Managed IT Support offering at Corbel Solutions we test all critical roll-outs in our test environment before roll out to our customers to ensure the update does not contain any user impacting issues.


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