Auto Updates and Cybersecurity
By: James Azar
Cyber criminals are always on the hunt for browser vulnerabilities in your security systems. To find these unpatched vulnerabilities hiding within your system before the cyber criminals do, patching security gaps is a complete necessity.
The majority of users see the installation process of updates as a mere burden and that type of attitude can cause a lot of problems, putting them under constant risk, as it becomes easier for hackers to invade through vulnerabilities and effectively engage in hostile takeover or simply cause havoc. Auto-update feature has you covered, as it installs the updates without asking for permission saving the system from hackers’ random attempts at hacking.
It feels tempting to ignore an update notification, it’s long, arduous and shouldn’t everything connected to the digital age happen in under a second? This however, will long term save you a lot of pain.
The benefits of auto update feature go beyond you. If your device gets a virus, it can easily be passed on to all your connections - your friends, business partners, and family members. Think of it as the computer equivalent to herd immunity in vaccinations.
Also, the updates improve the existing features and add new ones as well to your system. The newly added features along with the updated ones collectively boost the system’s performance.
If the updates are not installed in time, the gaps in security might remain, rendering the system vulnerable. The hackers would always be agile and might get lucky enough to breach through security, getting their access to your personal data like bank account details, sensitive information which they can use for ransomware.
A recent case has proven that the auto-update feature is highly useful and can save from bigger troubles. Recently, Google claimed that it has provided a patch for a vulnerability in Chrome. People were being notified at that time to update their browser ‘Chrome’ but thanks to the auto-update of Google that the updates were successfully downloaded and installed in time.
The chief drawback of auto-update feature is that the administrator remains unaware of the changes being made to the system, which can overlap with other ongoing functions and operations within the system, leading to stop errors on restarting.
Being unaware of the installations being made, the administrator would take longer to pinpoint the origin of the problem.
Besides that, if there are several systems connected to the same internet provider and all have the auto-update feature turned on.
In this case, when all systems go on auto-updating mode, the bandwidth might not be enough for all those systems being updated at the same time, to save the bandwidth. It may even be better to keep the auto update feature turned on rather than doing this manually over and over.
The worry we have with keeping systems automated for updates, is the same worry we have for any unmonitored connection, who is to say that hackers won’t find a way round this? The answer is no one but catastrophizing the future never help anyone build a better business, leave the cyber security to the cyber security experts and let them handle anyone trying to penetrate, updating is simply doing your due diligence.
Stick with it.