Don’t avoid upgrades!

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What do you do when a window appears on your computer screen asking for an anti-virus (or system) update? If you consistently skip this operation or disable such notifications at all, this post is for you!

Why do so many of us ignore these „unrelenting” notifications? The reasons are quite banal:

  • My system works great, so why keep the software updated?
  • What do I do if there are new bugs and vulnerabilities with the new updates?
  • I don’t have time for that now.
  • I don’t want to learn how to use all these features and tools.
  • I know nothing about and do not believe in cyberthreats (the most dangerous approach).

Some of us update our operating systems at home but ignore such a message at work, or vice versa. This safety violation is pure laziness and a terrible habit. After all, having up-to-date software is not only a matter of a few changes to the interface, but also the elimination of critical gaps in the system.

For example, many Windows users have struggled with the Stuxnet worm , which took advantage of a Microsoft patched vulnerability 4 years ago. This „success” of Stuxnet was possible because infected servers and PCs were not regularly updated or did not have a security solution installed.

First, remember to install all operating system patches, updates, service packs, etc. The second „line of defense” of your system is to update the antivirus product database. These updates are crucial in the effective fight against known vulnerabilities and malware.

After all, having up-to-date software is not only a matter of a few changes to the interface, but also the elimination of critical gaps in the system.

When it comes to the so-called Zero Day threat  (an attack that exploits previously unknown vulnerabilities for which no patches were provided), an antivirus solution can fulfill its function thanks to proactive protection . It is very important to use an up-to-date version of your antivirus because it can then take advantage of the latest and most powerful proactive protection technologies.

Kaspersky Lab experts work tirelessly to detect new threats and provide new security technologies to protect our users. All our upgrades are free and easy to install. The quick update feature of the antivirus offers many benefits: higher security, improved program speed, and special security tool features.