What do you do when you see the little icon in the system tray, indicating there is a new update available? Do you click on it and install the update or do you ignore it? Most people find such notifications and the process of installing new software updates insignificant and disrupting. The truth is, people ignore such notifications for various reasons. If you are accustomed to dismissing those update notifications, you need to reconsider what you are doing. Applying software updates is one of the most important things you can do with your computer. In fact, if you don’t do it, you’re very likely going to get some kind of malware in your system and even get hijacked.
What Are Software Updates, Anyway?
A software update, also known as a ‘Patch’ or a ‘Service Pack’, is a piece of software released by software companies, mainly to address security problems in their existing products. Software updates occasionally contain bug fixes and product enhancement. These updates are installed over the current installation and do not require uninstalling or re-installing of the software in question.
More than 90% of software and operating system (OS) updates are to patch security vulnerabilities in programs. A software program with a security hole in it can allow very bad things to happen to the computer.