Software updates that pop-up are often annoying and always seem to show up at the wrong time. If you’re like most people, it’s easy to click “remind me later” and move on. As tempting as this is, it’s worth taking a few minutes to install those updates, especially since they often include security and performance patches.
1. Performance Improvement
Updates sometimes include optimizations to make your operating system and other software run faster. Developers are constantly rewriting code to increase efficiency. Without these updates, you're missing out on potential performance improvements for your software, as well as any completely new features.
Many software programs and hardware devices are regularly updated with new patches, firmware and/or device drivers. What's more, new hardware and software appears on a regular basis. Some software updates regularly include new code to keep your existing software compatible with the other hardware and software on your system, whether it's a new webcam or a new version of a video-calling client. Without these updates, you may find that a new hardware device or software tool just stops working as expected.
3. Security patches
Hackers love security flaws, also known as software vulnerabilities. A software vulnerability is a security hole or weakness found in a software program or operating system that hackers exploit. They write code targeting the vulnerability and use it to steal information or gain access to information you want private. The code is packaged into malware — short for malicious software.
Malware infects your computer with no action on your part other than viewing a rogue website, opening a compromised message or playing infected media. It can also steal data saved on your device or allow the attacker to gain control over your computer and encrypt your files.
Software updates often include patches that close the security holes that are known and unknown.