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Updates and Patches are Critical to Your Infrastructure’s Security

by | Mar 23, 2018 | Best Practices, MyTek Blog

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Did you know that when you’re getting a new device, you’re getting more than just the physical device? You’re getting the software, the updates, the patches, and more than the manufacturer and developer have intended for that phone. However, when people get their new phones, they often ignore these elements. These are the reasons why you should pay more attention and why they matter at all.

Why They Matter

Any device you first purchase, whether it is a phone, PC, laptop tablet, or any other device, will come with certain protections against malware and other cybersecurity threats. While your devices come with protection, threats are getting bigger and better in attempts to overcome them so they can get in. 

If you don’t take advantage of the protections your device has, it can easily be accessed by hackers and threats. This is why you should always be on the lookout for updates and patches that your developer has released so that you are safe from any incoming danger. 

The Difference between Updates and Patches

While they usually do the same type of thing, there are key differences that put patches and software updates apart. They both work to resolve security threats, but their scopes are much different when it comes to their processes. 

Patches are a quick fix, which is exactly what they sound like they would be. They quickly fix the problem until something larger and more permanent can be created. A software update is larger and more robust, taking the patch and turning it into a larger more impactful fix. This new version of the software will be stronger than the last. 

When they are released, you should probably get a notification and may even be prompted to download them in a timely manner. They make these patches and updates to keep you safe, so they are not something that you should put on the backburner.

We’re Here to Help

It can be super tempting to wait it out if you have more important work tasks to be done. We completely understand this, so we offer solutions for this. MyTek can install these updates and patches for you, when your team isn’t even in the office, so it doesn’t waste any of your work time. For more information about this, give us a call at 623-312-2440!

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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