You know that popup that keeps asking if you want to install an update to your computer or mobile device? Many of us click “remind me later” to avoid going through the process of downloading and restarting. However, these updates often involve security fixes that are necessary to keep your computer and mobile device running smoothly and securely. If you are a Hybridge client, we will schedule update maintenance with you and can do updates for you remotely so you don’t have to worry about staying up-to-date.
Apple’s week of updates:
If you are an Apple user, last week you experienced the necessity for numerous system updates. Apple had a week of many bugs and breaks that led to updates for macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. First, there was the macOS High Sierra flaw on 11/28 that allowed users system administration access by simply entering “root” as the username and no password. Apple released an update within 24 hours to fix this bug, but that update had another issue that broke file sharing. Apple then released a patch to fix this error. Meanwhile, an iOS 11 bug caused some iPhones to crash. This led Apple to release iOS 11.2 to all users ahead of their expected schedule.
If you are a Hybridge client and are having problems with macOS High Sierra or iOS 11, or if you are unsure if you are up-to-date, contact us and we can help! Hybridge can also help you set up that new iPhone X you get for Christmas.
Why you should update:
Although Apple’s situation last week is extreme, security patches are common for system updates. Developers find a flaw that needs to be fixed immediately and then release a system update. If you do not download this update, your computer or mobile device could be at risk.
System updates are not just for your computer or mobile device. They are also important for applications. Software updates fix vulnerabilities and improve functionality. If you get behind on updates, the application may stop working or become extremely slow.
Should you download every update?
Although most updates and patches are beneficial, Hybridge recommends delaying the update for major releases to your systems such as Windows, iOS, or macOS updates. Major releases, like macOS High Sierra, typically have a few bugs and issues when they are first released. By waiting a few weeks, these initial issues will get figured out and you won’t have to deal with bugs or crashes to your system.
When in doubt, ask Hybridge!
If you are ever unsure about an update, contact Hybridge at 888-353-1763 or info @ hybridge.com. We will evaluate if the update is beneficial for you or not.