Operating systems (OS) are a bunch of codes which when brought together with other tools gives you a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to make working with computers easier.
Windows, Mac OS, Linux are some popular OS. The programs that we install on it further adds to our GUI for various tasks like, Calculator and Text Documents.
The code that makes up the operating system contains security loopholes, errors, incompatibilities, or outdated software elements (if you haven’t updated it in a while), so Windows, Mac OS, Linux like any other OS isn’t perfect.
Here we talk mostly about Windows in general because it is one of the most popular OS and mostly because its users are mostly unaware of these facts. And also because I am too poor to own a Mac…
Talking about Windows, the latest Windows security patches fix the vulnerabilities and errors in Windows and associated software, and they occasionally add new features.
Summarizing why you should regularly run an OS Update.
Unauthorized access to your files/ Malicious Software
There is a layer of security that prevents the Malicious Software from accessing your files. But sometimes it has holes in it which can be used to break through. Hardly any code is perfect, so these holes can be exploited to gain access and potentially destroy your data.
The security updates are there for a reason, which is to keep your files safe. Unless you don’t need those files, feel free to not update! (Not Advised)
Security issues are regularly checked in various parts of the Windows operating system, including Internet Explorer,.NET Framework, or the main platform. Even if you do not use the following software, it is a risk to not patch it.These programs cannot be fully patched by the antivirus or the anti-malware software, it is better to directly update windows.
Some consequences of not installing security updates are damaged software, loss of data, or identity theft. Every year, malware causes damage of millions of dollars worldwide. The main reason is that users don’t install critical software or Windows updates, allowing malware to exploit loopholes that have long been patched.
Vulnerabilities can potentially be exploited within hours of them becoming publicly known. So once a security update is available, you should immediately install the fix to protect your system from malware attacks.
Small bugs which may cause big problems
There are crucial bugs, i.e. security issues and then there are some minor bugs which will not make you vulnerable but may cause interference to your interaction with your computer or your stored data. Some small bugs like font may not appear, delayed response times by some programs. Sign in screen taking too long to load, random popups filling up the screen. These small issues can cause frustration as well as loss of time. Better do those updates then!
A minor bug eg: Windows address an issue where the user may need to press the space bar to dismiss the lock screen on a Windows 10 machine to log in, even after the login is authenticated using a companion device.
Microsoft discussion to make you understand it in more detail. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dubaisec/2016/01/28/windows-update-categories
New, Better (Almost always), and more Stable Software.
Need I say more? Let’s say a little more.
Ubuntu Linux is very user-friendly. As you can see there are both Important Security Updates as well as Recommended Update. If you want to get information about a particular update you can select the update and then click on the Description of update drop-down.
Windows updates often introduce new features, while also fixing some known issues. Some software provided with the OS may not be of use to us, and we may not use them, but it still helps to update these so we can use them to download more stable software.
Moreover, Microsoft will eventually cease support for outdated software, e.g. Windows XP has been termed as outdated, Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported. Now is the time for Microsoft Edge which is more stable than Chrome (I know it sounds strange but it is true). This means that if new vulnerabilities are discovered, they will not be patched, as users are expected to run the latest version of the program, for your own benefit and theirs.
It is critical to install security updates to protect your computer from malicious attacks. To be on the safe side also update your software in the process. And it is in your own best interest to install all other updates. These may potentially cause your system to be buggy and cause lags.
Recommended: First search whether the update has caused issues on someone’s computer and then proceed to download Windows updates. However, make an effort to install them as soon as possible, probably after the fix has been fixed, the patch has been patched. So Rebooting really isn’t that bad! If you are updating, but bad if it’s a malware. Damn Microsoft for those restarts!
How do you handle your Operating System updates? Have you ever had to roll back an update? Or do you ever suffer the consequences of not installing an update? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments.