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Why You Need To Keep Your Technology Updated

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When you're managing your business, it can be easy to forget about the little things in your working life. Microsoft recently ended their support for Windows XP, meaning that thousands of users will either have to upgrade to a newer Window's software or face the risk of major security issues. The UK government had to pay Microsoft millions of pounds just to extend support for their outdated XP computers. It is thought that many of the world's ATM machines are still running Windows XP, meaning that it is potentially vulnerable to security flaws and hacks from cyber criminals. And with the Internet's panic attack over Heartbleed, an OpenSSL bug that has left websites vulnerable to sensitive data being stolen, it is crucial that you are aware of updates to security fixes.

With many small businesses running their daily business activities from various devices, it is crucial to keep updated! 

Make Sure Your Operating System is Up-To-Date!

From what we have mentioned, it is important to keep your operating system updated so you're not exposed to security holes and bugs. A vulnerable computer or mobile device can be a target for malware, viruses and hacks. At best you might lose some data and gain a few annoying pop ups but at worst, you could end up a victim of cyber-crime. Your personal or customer information could be stolen and used for malicious purposes. For businesses that use a shared network, a virus can infect all of your computers. Not only will it disrupt your business but you could end up losing sales and money to fix this issue. Rather than delaying and save a little bit of money on new system upgrades, spend the money to update before it's too late.

Update Your Apps and Programs

As with your operating system, you should have the latest version of the programs you use on your computer and/or mobile devices. Whether it is your Internet browser or even the latest update for Angry Birds, you should update it all the same. It means that your apps and software will run smoothly, safely with all previous bugs and glitches fixed.

Set a Strong Password 

We should be over the stage of obvious passwords yet 123456 and Password are still the most commonly used passwords! To ensure secure access and that your details are safe, your password should be changed frequently and to something that is completely gobbledegook! Something that looks like it has been generated randomly with some capital letters and numbers can be difficult to remember but it will be harder for hackers to break into. After the whole Heartbleed bug incident, it would be advisable to only change your password after the security hole has been fixed or else your old and new password might fall into the hands of hackers taking advantage of the bug.

What are your thoughts on updating our tech? Let us know in the comments below!

Although we haven't been affected by the Heartbleed bug, we have patched our systems as a precaution to protect our customers. We are dedicated in helping small businesses with their web presence and reassure that they are in good hands. So whether you need a new website or a revamp of an outdated one, we can help you create a great looking and high quality. We also offer various packages such as Support, Social Media Management, eCommerce and SEO. For more information, just visit www.effortlesssites.com 


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