Upgrading your software often is a good practice that will introduce improvements and latest features which can increase the efficiency of that software and thereby improve your productivity. There are flaws with any software system — and it’s just a matter of time before someone discovers them. Companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google, as well as major apps, all have employees whose job is to try to hack into their own product. Their goal is to discover and fix flaws before malicious hackers can take an advantage of them.
New versions of software are released from time to time to correct or fix one bug or the other, to introduce new features or even improve the old ones. A lot of people always wondered why do I have to upgrade my software? Updates contain important changes to improve the performance, stability and security of the applications that run on your computer. Installing them ensures that your software continues to run safely and efficiently. Keep in mind that many web exploits look for outdated software with unpatched security flaws. This especially holds true for operating system updates.
I want to share reasons why you should always upgrade your software whenever there is a newer version.
Advanced Architecture: Keeping your software up to date is a way to future-proof your solution. The upgraded software will have a variety of new features and improvements that provide real efficiencies and improved ease-of-use in order to save you time, effort and expense. For instance version 1.3.37 of the 1st Mile Middleware contains a feature enhancement that will automatically redirect to the a secondary data center if a transaction times out.
System Optimization: A software upgrade ensures your system is optimized to maximize its effectiveness. Using the latest version ensures that you can take advantage of fixes and avoid issues that have already been corrected.
Increase User Productivity: It may seem annoying that you have to upgrade your software every now and then, but this is only so you can make use of the latest features of your software. A software upgrade is designed to help its users enhance their productivity. Upgraded software allows you and your staff to make use of new system capabilities so you can carry out your tasks in an easier, more time efficient and effective manner.
Business Continuity: Business software is not something you can install and forget about. Technology is developing at a very quick rate and it is important to keep your business and software completely up to date. PCI-DSS requirement 6 states “Develop and maintain secure systems and applications”. This requires that all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by installing applicable vendor supplied security patches. Older versions of business software will not support all the features available and very old software may even crash, putting the functioning of your business at risk. Upgrading your software makes sure your business stays supported and there are no unnecessary tech failures that will interfere with the continuous functioning of your business.
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