The Importance of Installing Updates

We’re going to ask you a question, and you have to answer honestly. When you get a pop-up on your computer that asks you to install updates, how often do you click “Install Later”? Our guess is that more often than not, you click “Install Later.” The question is, how often do you actually install the updates the next day or even the next week? We get it. You’re in the middle of a big project or a lengthy paper, and the last thing you want to do is stop what you’re doing, save your work, close everything down, and wait for updates to install. After all, updates can take more than just a few minutes (especially if you’re working with a slower model). They may seem like an inconvenience, but installing security and software updates is necessary to keep your system functioning properly.


By not installing software and security updates, you become more susceptible to hackers and viruses. Clicking “Install Later” can leave your system open to identity theft, phishing scams, and malicious software. We can recount a slew of data breaches that could’ve been avoided if people had only installed the proper updates. Oftentimes, software creators find vulnerabilities in software and create patches to fix the security holes. But without updating your software, you leave yourself vulnerable. Make yourself (and your business) less prone to a data breach by quickly installing updates when they become available.


Updates are not only designed to protect your system, they are designed to improve the user experience. Favorite features will be enhanced, and features that aren’t working will be removed or updated. This improves the stability of your software as well. Updates are created with the goal of improving user experience so you can get the most out of your software.


When’s the last time you installed updates on your computer? Sure, you can delay the updates for a few days, but remember to click install sooner than later.