What is a Patch?

This is week two of our seven week showcase of services we offer! This week we are going to focus on the importance of Patch Updates; today we will be explaining what a patch is, why you need it, and how it works!

The purpose of a patch is to update defects in software, web browsers, email programs, image viewers, instant messaging software, and media players may allow malicious websites, etc. to infect or compromise your computer with no action on your part other than viewing or listening to the website, message, or media. There are two main types of patches Microsoft and 3rd party software updates (Adobe, Flash, Java, etc.). Microsoft’s patch updates come out on Tuesday nights; as for 3rd party updates can come out hourly/daily/ weekly.

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If your computer seems to be working fine, you may wonder why you should apply a patch. By not applying a patch you might be leaving the door open for malware to come in. Malware exploits flaws in a system in order to do its work. In addition, the timeframe between an exploit and when a patch is released is continually getting shorter.

With our Managed Service Software we can automatically make sure your computers and servers are updating as soon as they come out. Waiting a week or month to have a tech come in and manually update your computers and servers leaves a huge hole in the wall for malware to walk right in and ruin your day. Having your patches managed instantly saves you time and the likelihood that you will get a virus is greatly diminished.

If you would like more information on our Managed Service Software please contact the office today. Look for tomorrows post on Internet Safety and Patch Updates!