Another update? What? Aren’t those pop-up upgrade requests downright annoying? In the 21st century, we can’t spare a minute for a smartphone OS update, much less an hour for software updates.

Some people ignore these updates because they are frustrating. They change the interface and make you learn how to use the software all over again. Or, even worse, they don’t seem to do anything at all!

You spent the precious hour getting an update and nothing changed. Terrible waste of time, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, an update is much more than the developer’s whim. It’s a surgery your software can’t survive without.

Let’s find out why you shouldn’t avoid software updates.

1. Security issues: beat hackers to the punch

Did you buy your software off the shelf? Hackers did the same thing. They took that same software and inspected it thoroughly to find a tiny loophole, which can spell major troubles for your company.

Whether you are a flower shop or a healthcare provider, you deal with tons of data on a regular basis. As soon as the hackers get their shot at it, you are in for some serious expenses, downtime, and possibly bankruptcy.

While hackers are working hard to find the loophole, the software developers are doing the same. In the majority of cases, the developers win the race. What do they do? Send you an update to close the loophole.

What do you do? We hope you click the “update” button. If not, you may be left unprotected. And yes, you’ll never see what these security updates actually do. Interface and features will stay the same. So don’t blame the developer from wasting your time with an update.

2. New features: getting more than you paid for

Software developers aren’t just looking for security problems. They want to make sure you stay with their program for years. They are working hard to introduce new features to keep their software competitive.

No matter what industry you are in, new trends are probably appearing faster than light. Failing to take advantage of high-quality freebies from the developer can put you a few steps behind the competition.

If the new features are fee-based, you can always say “no” without losing the quality of your existing program.

3. Optimized interface: breaking out of your comfort zone

When your round buttons suddenly turn square and the familiar tabs change location, you can go crazy wishing for everything to be the way it used to.

Meanwhile, software developers aren’t looking for a way to frustrate you. They study user reviews and new trends closely to bring you the most optimized interface possible.

It may not seem comfy and familiar to you now. But in a couple of days, you’ll find yourself enjoying it.

4. Improved operation: killing bugs for good

You can never find all bugs during the testing stage. The little pests can suddenly appear after months of testing. Software developers know this, testing specialists know this, and so do the clients. Or do they? Testing continues long after the software appears on the market. Bugs are being fixed on a regular basis. You may never even know that a bug existed. But only if you are smart enough to get regular updates.

5. Avoided downtime: save your reputation

Let’s get serious for a moment.

Software problems can be quite costly. Anything from a pesky bug, which forces you to restart the software to a disaster when your files are stolen can ruin your business. For many companies, downtime means losing clients and botching their reputation. Would you risk that just because you don’t have time for a small update?

Another serious problem with software security is client information loss. A hacked database can lead to identity theft cases, which can ruin your company entirely.

When you are dealing with personal information, it’s vital to be as serious as possible about security. It’s downright irresponsible to avoid software updates for personal reasons.

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