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Why keeping your systems patched is so important

When working on your computer, and especially during browsing the Web, you should always bear in mind that there is no antivirus solution in the world that can completely protect you from infiltration's and attacks. However, there are two key measures that can drastically decrease the risk of malware infection. Firstly, your computer system and your antivirus program have to be constantly updated and upgraded. Secondly, you should follow basic rules regarding cybersecurity. One of this rules is to always keep your system patched. In the text below, we will discuss why this is so important for cybersecurity.

Downloading safety updates and patches

The authors of malware software take advantage of various security oversights in order to increase the efficiency of the dissemination of the malware. That is why cybersecurity programs developers carefully observe new “holes“ in their programs, and then issue safety patches that remove potential threats. It's important to download those safety patches right after they get published. Some examples of those types of patches are Windows OS, Java, Adobe, Internet Explorer, and all those other programs on your computer that often ask permission to be updated.

Frequent issues with viruses, worms, and other malicious software indicate that your system's safety patch management is inadequate. In order to keep the system at its maximum security and reliability levels, it's necessary to regularly install patches for all installed software in the system. All software manufacturers regularly publish patches for their products with the goal to improve functionality, increase security, and fix bugs in the software. Most manufacturers have subsystems that serve a purpose of distributing and controlling installation of patches on the computers of users. Patch distribution systems need to cover BIOS, firmware, OS, and installed applications. Besides the installation itself, it's also necessary to define and execute regular procedures of controlling the implementation of patch installations, as well as to execute manual installations where necessary. It is recommended to do patch tests before installation on computers.

For today's companies, it's extremely important to keep all of their systems patched, so they usually implement a patch management system inside of their IT units. These patch management solutions can provide:

· Control and management of system patches in one place

· Centralized downloads of patches and distribution inside the company

· Protection against viruses and other cybersecurity issues caused by oversights in software

· Greater stability of software

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