Updating your computer can save you a lot of future headaches.
In addition to passwords, business owners need to ensure that their desktop and laptop environments are consistently updated in order to ensure proper security.
Running old operating systems such as Windows 2003, Windows XP or Windows Vista are not good practices for your business as their lack of support by Microsoft has ensured that if anything were to happen, there is little the company can do to help.
As a result, business owners need to take a proactive approach to their desktop environment to maintain security and functionality.
Yes, I Would Like to Update!
Regularly updating your computer’s operating system, programs, and applications provides continuous access to new features, functionalities, and protection for your devices.
For instance, programs such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, Quickbooks, and JAVA should receive regular updates.
Other sophisticated programs such as antivirus protection, spam management, and backup software should also receive regular updates in order to continue their protection of your desktop.
While some of these updates can be costly, deciding not to conduct them could be worse!
Essentially, if you choose not to conduct updates on your computers, you run the risk of creating gaps or holes within your environment.
These holes create weak points within your infrastructure that hackers can exploit in order to infect your systems or hold your data hostage.
Another risk involves compromising the functionality of your systems. New updates mean that you are (hopefully!) getting the best the program has to offer. For example, the latest codes, features, and securities designed to protect your system.
For instance, a computer running Windows 10 stands a better chance against cyber-attacks and will allow employees more functionality to work than a computer running Windows Vista.
Update your computers! Whether this involves pushing out a Group Policy to every desktop or scheduling some downtime to conduct a massive update, the time taken to conduct the work will ensure a larger pay-off down the road.
With today’s threats and competition, your business cannot afford to be vulnerable. Having computers and systems that work for you means you will continue to forge ahead in your business and reduce the risk of falling behind.
Triella offers systematic and regular updates to our client’s desktops and infrastructures under our Monthly Maintenance and Cloud Agreements. For more information and ways to ensure that your desktop updates have been completed, please call us at 647-426-1004.
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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