5 Hidden Dangers of Using Outdated Software

Here at Treken, keeping you safe online is our number one priority. Below, we break down the 5 biggest headaches you can avoid by keeping your software up to date.

Why shouldn't you skip software updates? 

1. Security vulnerabilities 

One of the most potentially devastating risks of using outdated software is its vulnerability to cyberattacks. Software developers regularly identify and fix security flaws, but these updates only protect users who install them. When software isn't updated, it becomes an easy target for hackers, who can exploit known vulnerabilities to steal data, install malware, or even lock you out of your own system.

A prime example is the WannaCry ransomware attack of 2017, which specifically targeted unpatched Windows systems. It infected around 200,000 computers across 150 countries (including tens of thousands of NHS devices) and caused an estimated $4 billion in damages.

2. Slow performance

Older software was designed with older hardware in mind and may not be optimised for today's technology, leading to slower performance and reduced efficiency. Updates often include performance improvements and bug fixes, which can make your entire system run faster and more reliably.

3. Higher risk of errors

It's not just performance that can be affected. Incompatibilities between new hardware and outdated software can lead to crashes, error messages, and programs that simply refuse to run. It can also end up costing you more in the long run, as finding compatible hardware becomes increasingly difficult. Sticking with the latest versions avoids these compatibility headaches.

4. Fewer features

New software versions often come with exciting new features and functionality.  By clinging to outdated programs, you miss out on these improvements and limit what your software can do.

5. Lack of support

The older a piece of software gets, the less likely it is that vendors will offer support for it. This means you won't have access to troubleshooting help during a technical issue or security breach. It's also harder to find relevant documentation or community support, making it more difficult to solve problems on your own.

How can you keep software updated?

Luckily, avoiding these dangers is usually pretty simple. Here's what to do:

  • Turn on automatic updates whenever possible. For an OS, you can do this through the Windows Update menu on Windows and the System Settings menu on Mac.
  • If automatic updates aren't an option, regularly check applications for new software versions.
  • Unsure whether an update is safe? You can get peace of mind by doing a quick web search for reviews or information.

With that said, these steps might not be as straightforward if you manage a company with a lot of devices on the go. In that case, consider calling in IT support professionals - they'll have the expertise and tech to keep your entire network up to date, protecting it from all kinds of threats and helping you get the most out of your systems.

Keep your business up to date with Treken's expert IT support!

At Treken, we've been keeping businesses in the South running smoothly for over 20 years. Our IT support services will keep all your tech up to date, from basic applications to full-on mission critical systems, so you never need to worry about the dangers caused by outdated software. The result? Maximum productivity, safer data, and less money wasted on downtime.

Ready to see how Treken can take your tech headaches away? Get a free quote online or give us a call on 01202 612333 today!