April 18th, 2018 by adminRemote monitoring teams use a lot of different tools that they have found or built over the years to help them maintain computers and solve problems efficiently. These toolboxes are like the software version of Batman’s utility belt. Using them, technicians are able to make many important changes to a large number of computers in a relatively short amount of time. The most fundamental tools among these toolboxes are related to patching and hardware monitoring. Patching is the easiest and most valuable step you can take in keeping your software healthy.
What is patching?Sometimes called updates or version upgrades, patching is downloading or installing software improvements for your operating system, applications, programs, virus protection and more. That pop-up that asks you when you’d like to download a software update that you keep ignoring? That’s your computer begging you to patch.
Why do we patch?
- The biggest reason that patching is important is that no software is perfect upon release. Every software has mistakes or gaps programmed in that require rectification over time through updates. Without patching, you are using an incomplete product.
- The vast world of technology is less like a landscape and more like an ocean: always moving, changing, growing, and shrinking. There is software that your programs are or will be interacting with that did not exist when the program was first conceived.
- Every piece of software is like a fortress. Each has different levels of security, and different levels of desirability from potential hackers. If you don’t keep your guards aware of the newest threats, and equipped with the latest and greatest tools, you will eventually be breached. Patching all programs, operating systems and virus protection solutions prevents a lot of potentially catastrophic security situations. For example, 2017’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which affected thousands and led to billions of dollars in losses, could have been prevented by a quick Windows 7 patch.