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11th Jan 19

Opinion

Why updates are important

11th Jan 19

James Francis
By James Francis66 Followers

‘Please install this new update’. That message can appear in many different ways, and on many different devices, but the sentiment is universal: your device needs to be updated.

What a pain! Not only does it eat your valuable data, but updates can take a long time depending on your connection speed. Why do your apps and other software need constant updating? And why is it a bad idea not to update?

Why updates exist

Software is updated for three reasons:  to add new features, to make it faster and to close security holes. The first two reasons are obviously great because your favourite apps become better and faster. The third is important because those same security flaws are what the bad guys use to breach your system and steal your data.

But why isn’t software ready the day it is released? Clayton Campbell, CEO of Onsite, explains:

'Vendors are constantly striving to better their software and release new features. But with new features and software, there are some time issues that creep in even after testing - issues might not be related to the device themselves but to users business applications and environments.'

Software - meaning apps and the operating system - is like a garden. You can’t isolate a garden. It needs access to air, sunlight, water and critters that help enrich the soil and fertilise the flowers. But weeds and pests get in as well, so you have to keep an ey...

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