Applications & Operating system updates


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Why bother. Updates help to keep computing safe. By themselves updates can't & won’t stop hackers. However they do make penetration more difficult. Plus updates just might improve performance reliability & add new capabilities.

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  • The answer to that question is yes. Principally two reasons software security and functionality.Reputable software publishers licence their software with rights to updates. Their motivation is simple. Developers want to manager their users. The very last thing they want are users with negative experiences. After all you are not going to upgrade if you are unhappy with the current product service. The obstacles to achieving such an objective are challenging to say the very least. User hardware may not be up to the job. Other applications may be sloppily written or poorly maintained with the result other applications under perform. The main reason software has to be updated is do with security. Security is a cat and mouse game. Guess what you are? Hackers are cats and they find vulnerabilities. Software developers and users’ are mice. There are justifiable reasons to delay updates but you really shouldn’t avoid doing so. If you choose to customise or develop bespoke software you should consider budgetary requirements to maintain the software.
  • How long will updates take? A very good question. There are many of factors the number of updates, your PC processor speed they are several more. You may find when you begin your list is short. Yet having completed the original list you are requested to install more. The reason some updates cannot be installed is the update requires legacy or new updates to be installed first. Only when a legacy update is installed or a new one does the system seek to install a totally new piece of software. I suggest you run updates when you don’t require access for example at night or weekends and don’t terminate once initiated. Doing so at critical points may corrupt your system. Sometimes if this happens the only economic and effective solution is a systems’ rebuild. I must stress this is very rare and generally a result of other combining issues for example hardware disk failure, pirate software, hacker activity, poorly configured software.
  • Microsoft Operating systems links over the internet to Windows Update service. You can access and configure updates through the Control Panel. Third party updates such as Java, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash Player will notify you when updates become available. If not, check your software update configuration. Given the increasing number and use of cloud applications your browser is increasingly becoming a hackers’ primary access point to your PC network. I suggest you visit a security providers website called Qualys and download and install Qualys Browser Checker for all your browsers. Run the browser plugin daily. The plugin will tell you if you need to update third party plugins plus provide you with a fix button to update.
  • I cannot emphasis enough choosing to not update does make you vulnerable to hackers.
  • Additional capability, new functionality improved productivity.
  • Visiting customers on-site or connecting remotely I’m astonished just how many users fail to utilise support for which they have paid for. Understandably time factors and every day business necessitates often take precedence and most users are simply not aware computer housekeeping is perquisite to a positive experience. If you find your business or yourself in this position consider outsourcing the task. You can consider remote management applications for example Microsoft Windows Intune and train someone in your organisation to manage the application or why not employ an IT consultant to manager your network. Microsoft Windows Intune centralise computer management and can be proactively managed remotely. All you need do is use your devices. More often than not my biggest challenge is convincing clients I’m doing something for my fee. Resending monthly reports’ to clients which they may have missed generally resolves the question. Thank you for listening and if you wish to ask for my advice please feel free to contact me.
  • Applications & Operating system updates

    1. 1. Applications & Operating system updates WHY BOTHER? CLOUD HOUND - T: 020 3011 5863 - E: C.A.BIRD@CLOUDHOUND.CO.UK
    2. 2. “Update” Yes or No? Generally YOU SHOULD Update both applications and operating system. Why? Hackers identify vulnerabilities legitimate software developers will seek to close these by releasing patches and service packs. Updates may either enhance capabilities or add new features. Why you shouldn’t? Generally only applies to larger organisations who have either customised an off the shelve software package or developed bespoke software solution.  Occasionally an update may disable a software customisations or bespoke application.  Selective acceptance / testing of updates is generally the preferred work around prior to update implementation. CLOUD HOUND - T: 020 3011 5863 - E: C.A.BIRD@CLOUDHOUND.CO.UK
    3. 3. How long will updates take? Number of updates to install CPU processing speed Available free hard disk size Available bandwidth Download speed Number of other processes (applications) running Number of reboots required Correcting failed updates CLOUD HOUND - T: 020 3011 5863 - E: C.A.BIRD@CLOUDHOUND.CO.UK
    4. 4. How do you update Automatically  Microsoft Patch Tuesday. Operating system checks for available updates. User notified. Third party applications anytime. End user may be notified & user initiates install. Manually End user initiates update check & installation. Administrator implements updates on behalf of end users (NO end user input). Windows Intune System Center 2012 server Qualys Browser Checker - CLOUD HOUND - T: 020 3011 5863 - E: C.A.BIRD@CLOUDHOUND.CO.UK
    5. 5. Don’t upgrade what’s the risks? Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognised control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organisation’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information. CLOUD HOUND - T: 020 3011 5863 - E: C.A.BIRD@CLOUDHOUND.CO.UK
    6. 6. Upside Offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more productive Increases operational efficiency through improved PC security and management. Upgrading also enables your organisation to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualisation and the cloud. CLOUD HOUND - T: 020 3011 5863 - E: C.A.BIRD@CLOUDHOUND.CO.UK
    7. 7. Cloud Hound Article How to make your computer devices a hacker’s paradise t: 020 3011 5863 f: 0844 358 0914 e: w: CLOUD HOUND - T: 020 3011 5863 - E: C.A.BIRD@CLOUDHOUND.CO.UK