Lots of us do it.
We know there’s an update available, and we know perfectly well that it serves a vital security purpose…
…so we promise ourselves we’ll install it Really Soon Now, perhaps even tomorrow.
And before we know it, it’s the end of next month, and we’re still putting off the download, or we still haven’t found a convenient time to reboot our laptop, and now we’re two updates behind.
Putting off updates is a bit like noticing that your driving licence just expired and figuring, “It’s only a couple of days over – I’ll stop at the Traffic Department on the way home and renew it.”
You’ll probably get away with it, just like you did last time, but there’s a lot that could go wrong, so you’re not really doing yourself, or anyone else, any favours.
We accept that it’s tempting to wait and see how everyone else gets along with a new update first, instead of being an early adopter.
But if everyone took that approach, we’d all be waiting for everyone else, and the crooks would be rubbing their hands together.
Remember: a brand new security update might cause you a problem, but show-stopping bugs in updates are actually rather rare these days.
On the other hand, an unpatched zero-day security vulnerability will leave your computer open to the crooks, and they will take advantage if they can.
Patch early, patch often!
6 comments on “Advent tip #10: Don’t put off those updates!”
I do like your streamlined new page design. However I also really miss being able to quickly click to next and previous stories. Really slows down things to have to go back to either Sophos homepage or my email digest to find the next story. Any way this might come back? (Am referring to reading on iPad btw)
The Previous/Next links still exist on both the regular and mobile-flavoured sites, but they’re at the bottom of the articles now, not at the top. Swipe down to the bottom (after reading the article, of course 🙂 and look just above “About the author.”
The Previous/Next links used to be at the top and bottom. Any chance of the top pair returning?
Hi, quite possibly. We’re always looking at ways to improve the site! I’ll feed this back to our website team and we’ll see what we can do 🙂
The previous and next buttons really are lost in the weeds down near the bottom of the page. It is competing with SO many other things there. (Make it easy for us to stay on your site 😉)
Do I hear you admitting that you often don’t read the articles right through 🙂 Perhaps like we need Prev/Next links at the top and the bottom…