Stale Programs can Poison Your System

Malware

Patching and updating the programs that you use, as well as removing old or unused programs, can go a long way in ensuring that your system is safe from malware attacks.

One of the more subtle ways hackers use to get malware into your system is through exploiting programs that are either old or not up to date.

Stale programs poisoning your system

Naturally, most programs are not perfect when they first come out, and hackers are always out to exploit weaknesses in the design and infrastructure of these programs. This is why developers constantly send patches and updates to their clients and subscribers.

A Major Entry Point by Which Malware Imposes Itself

Programs that do not have these patches and updates that fix vulnerabilities in the system are very viable entry points through which malware can enter your system. Also, older programs on your system might be phased out, which means the developer is not releasing patches or fixes for them anymore.

A Major Reason Why it is Important to Keep Your Programs up to Date

This is why it is essential that your programs be up to date, especially with the latest security patches that plug up holes in the system. And if there are programs that are beyond their expiration date or aren’t being used any longer, it’s a waste of space and resources to keep them installed in your computers. It’s important that you regularly check the status of your programs to make sure that they’re always in tip-top shape.

What to do to Ensure the Security of Your Programs

If you’d like to ensure that the programs you use are always patched, updated, and safe, please contact us so we can sit down with you and develop a customized security system that meets your specific needs.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org.
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