To Update or Not to Update: There is No Question (TechRepublic)


It seems like every day we wake up to read about yet another attack made possible by one or more vulnerabilities. Even WordPress became the target of an SQL injection attack that affected over 300,000 sites. Android, iOS, Windows, even Linux all find themselves vulnerable.

At some point, one of the first questions you might ask is, “Why?” The simplest answer is “Because it’s possible.” The not-so-simple answer (the one that is far more dangerous) is because there is both profit and power to be had. An entire industry centered around ransomware has risen over the last few years. Unethical hackers have taken to making it their business to profit off of their ability to hijack your data.

But don’t get me wrong, I know that computer systems have suffered from vulnerabilities for a very long time; and that no computer is perfectly safe, so long as it is connected to the internet.