PurpleJelly are an IT support Surrey company dedicated to keeping you informed about the best ways to stay secure online. Many people think that updating anti-malware software leaves you vulnerable to viruses, but it turns out that by avoiding the updates you could be putting yourself at risk- here’s why…
Many people believe that antivirus will protect you against the majority of online threats, resulting in an entirely false sense of security as it is by no means 100% secure. Increasingly we are seeing big companies have their security networks torn down, ranging from governing bodies, healthcare providers and major banks. The most famous of these incidents being the hacking of the Sony pictures network in 2014, a very scary event for those involved. We are not, however, implying that all of this could have been prevented if they had simply clicked “update and restart”, but it is clear that all anti-virus software has floors.
Google conducted its own research on the subject and created a list of the top online security practices to think about, and experts put installing anti-malware updates at the top of the list. Google’s software engineer and researcher stated “Software updates, for example, are the seatbelts of online security; they make you safer.” The updates are patches in the software and are there to fix the floors in the programme, updating it to deal with newer threats.
While many people dismiss the annoying popups nagging you to update your antivirus software, it turns out giving in and letting it update is the best security measure you could take. The concerning thing is that a large number of influential non-experts would advise not to update security software as it makes you more vulnerable, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
Another way of staying secure is to use some kind of password manager, allowing you to have both strong and unique passwords and therefore making you much less vulnerable to hacking and the stealing of personal information.