Why are Software Updates so Important for your Security

Attention readers! – Do you use Adobe Flash in your Internet browser? If yes, then make certain that you have got the latest update from Adobe to prevent any possible Ransomware attacks on your system. The update was released on June 23rd. If you want to read more on this, follow > https://bit.ly/1LSaaJj

How do you feel about the system notifications that pop-up every now and then and ask you to update your Internet browser, Adobe Flash Player, Windows or any other software? Unsurprisingly, these pop-ups come as irksome to most. But however uninteresting or annoying these updates may be, they are the ones that stand between your computer and most types of threats in the wild. Know why from the post below.

Why are Software Updates So Important for your Security

What are Software Updates?
Software updates are pieces of software that software vendors release on the Internet. These updates, usually called Patches or Service Pack, consist of the following:

Fixes for Software Vulnerabilities
Software vulnerabilities, also known as security holes, are glitches or weaknesses in a system that can leave it exposed to threats such as malware attacks. These vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker to hack into the system and use it at their own will.

For instance, visiting a certain website with a vulnerable/outdated version of Internet Explorer, can automatically download a malware on your system that can steal your personal/banking information or have it controlled by a hacker. This is called a drive-by download. And this is just one of the many types of attacks that are conducted with the help of security holes. Over 90% of all software updates contain fixes that take care of security vulnerabilities and reduce the risk of Internet attacks.

According to a report released by United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (original release date: April 29, 2015), systems running unpatched software from Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, or OpenSSL are the most targeted by hackers. View the complete list of these software here.

Product Enhancement
Besides fixing security holes, software updates are also released to fix bugs that may cause a certain program to function unexpectedly; in other words, these updates are meant for product enhancement.

So, how do you know when you need to update a software

> Windows and programs like Mozilla and Chrome should be set to automatic updates. To know how to do it:

  • For Windows, click here
  • For Mozilla, go to Tools > Options > Advanced > Select ‘Automatically install updates
  • For Chrome, click here

> You can install a trusted software that scans your system and notifies you of outdated/unpatched programs. If you choose to go with this option, please ensure that the software’s publisher is verified and has good, positive reviews by users and genuine tech websites.

> The other way is to check for updates manually. Mostly, the ‘Help’ or ‘About’ section of any software has the information about ‘updates’.

> Antivirus software like Quick Heal comes with an inbuilt functionality that helps users determine the security vulnerabilities in their machine so that they can get a patch for the same. In Quick Heal, this functionality is known as vulnerability scanner. Know more about this here.

So, the next time you get annoyed with pop-ups about software updates, tell yourself that that a virus infection could be a lot worse than this.

Rajiv Singha

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bharat chandfarana
bharat chandfarana
5 years ago

In my Software Updates updates download easily but appealing updates will take 20 to 25 minutes and my computer during this period running very slow …
what to do

yash
yash
5 years ago

is youtube downloader by green tree application is safe because whenever i open it quick heal says you are visiting the site which is under restricted category hacking and illgeal and if it isnt safe which are other safe applications for windows 8.1 to download youtube videos

Sibabratra
Sibabratra
5 years ago
Reply to  Rajib Singha

quick heal total security not update in 3 days

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago
Reply to  Sibabratra

Hi,

You are requested to contact our support center to resolve this issue. You can:

1. Call us on 0-927-22-33-000
2. Submit a ticket here – https://www.quickheal.co.in/submitticket
3. Chat with us here – https://www.quickheal.co.in/quick-heal-support-center

Regards.

RAJIV KUMAR BHAGAT
RAJIV KUMAR BHAGAT
5 years ago

very fine

nirav ashra
nirav ashra
5 years ago

hello,
i have a version 15.0 of quick heal and an update recently poped up to update my version to 16.0. It said it will reboot my present files and save the files on the new version.
Is this true or a fake!! Does the site for quick heal start with https or http?? Please guide me!!

ASHOK KUMAR MANDAL
ASHOK KUMAR MANDAL
5 years ago

QUICKHEAL DONOT UPDATE PLEASE ATOMETIC UPDATE JAVA

ASHOK KUMAR MANDAL
ASHOK KUMAR MANDAL
5 years ago

JAVA CEQURITY PUDATE

Prathamesh h dhuri.
Prathamesh h dhuri.
5 years ago

Software update

navin paneru
navin paneru
5 years ago

Sir, This is my conclusion that you r also associated with the business of Facbook company………tell me my system is not opening my face book Id, but when i creates new ID on facebook, it is working…..it means no software problem in my system…….my other Id on Twitter and Isntagram is running smoothly on the same system…….and face book warns me after every 3-4 days please upload Malware anti virus…….if some one hacked my ID on facebook than what is duty of company……just saying that upgrade ur system…..as the same ID is working on my mobile and laptop and other… Read more »

govind singh
govind singh
5 years ago

sir mai up date kar raha hun tu nahin raha hai aisa kiyn sir plz

RAHUL GUPTA
RAHUL GUPTA
5 years ago

NO NOTHING

pijush
pijush
5 years ago

Always notify the updates availability.

Harsh Saini
Harsh Saini
5 years ago

Hi Rajib i want to download adobe flash player from where should i download it its official website or any other website. now i have downloaded it from its official website did i did right please tell

Sandeep
Sandeep
5 years ago

Sir,I have a Sony VAIO Fit SVF15218SNB. After 8.1 Upgrade, I have lost the option for NFC. When I go to the wireless network section, I can see only to turn on/off the following : airplane mode, wifi, bluetooth. In Windows 8, it was there but disappeared after the update. I also tried searching all options in the PC Settings, but of no use. There is no such option available. I need help to find it back.

i have downloaded the driver from sony support site but it is not installing.

HABIB
HABIB
5 years ago

GOOD

vishwajeet
vishwajeet
5 years ago

it is very good

shivendra kumar patel
shivendra kumar patel
5 years ago

sir, i have a quick heal antiviru pro. i update the virus but it said that we can’t detect any internet connection.but in those time i have a active internet connection of data card.

kk parashar
kk parashar
5 years ago

I now understand and would keep it in mind.
Thanks
kkp0arashar

kk parashar
kk parashar
5 years ago

As the PC was kept under lock, the updates could not be entered. Pl do it now.

bikash
bikash
5 years ago

unable to detect internet connection though i m connected pllzzzz help

suvendu manna
suvendu manna
5 years ago

hello
when i installed QH product installer 2013 then normal update takes time 20 to 25 mins(approx 30-40mb uses) in 2G but now after installing QH product installer 2015,normal update takes time above 1 hour(approx 150-160mb uses) in 2G.BUT WHY,SIR?

Mayuri
Mayuri
5 years ago

and also giv a msg tht quick update service is not stated,please re-install the total security,,,what to do?if i wll go for re installation thn if there is a chance for cancel of my resgistration

Hamed
Hamed
5 years ago

Hi
In my Software dont Updates 10 daye ago.its problems for me.

ajay
ajay
5 years ago

like

Sonraj Vinod S
Sonraj Vinod S
5 years ago

Please help this problem we have use gaurdian antivirus and some time it is not work

update deffinition is corrupt

Ramkumar Dhungel
Ramkumar Dhungel
5 years ago

this is useful for computers

om
om
5 years ago

how to scan vulnerability of PC using quick heal total security.

Anil
Anil
5 years ago

In my Software dont Updates 10 daye ago.its problems for me

VAIBHAV SHARMA
VAIBHAV SHARMA
5 years ago

IS QUICKHEAL TOTAL SEUCRITY GIVES HARD DRIVE PROTECTION ????

Edwin Jose E
Edwin Jose E
5 years ago

How to register quickheal

BHARGOB BORAH
BHARGOB BORAH
5 years ago

GOOD

S.Sukumar
S.Sukumar
5 years ago

Have you released the patchup for upgrading Quick Heal system for suiting Windows 10. In your blog, it was indicated that it will be released by end of June 2015. I am yet to hear about it.

kristan patel
kristan patel
5 years ago

How do i update my quickheal????

velu
velu
5 years ago

very good

prem kishor
prem kishor
5 years ago

please halp auto quickheal ideas

hemraj jat
hemraj jat
5 years ago

quick heal is very good system antivirus

DHIRAJKR,ROHIT
DHIRAJKR,ROHIT
5 years ago

my security has been incorrect system date/time

kunwar
kunwar
5 years ago

sir my quick heal show protection is out of date quick heal antivirus pro 15.00 what i do

manmohan
manmohan
5 years ago

sir antivirus autometic usb card ko scesen nahi kar raha he

Parth
Parth
5 years ago

I have latest version of quick heal but it isn’t
working properly. In my htc handset some inactive
Folder creates automatically.

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago
Reply to  Parth

Hi Parth,

Thanks for writing in. Our support team can help you with this:

1. Kindly submit your query at https://bit.ly/Askus
2. You can also contact them at 0-927-22-33-000
3. Alternatively, you can chat with our engineers by visiting https://bit.ly/QHSupport

Regards.

vijendra babu
vijendra babu
5 years ago

Is quich heal app good for Android mobiles

IfeOluwa
IfeOluwa
4 years ago

The Quick Heal Antivirus Pro was installed on my laptop on the 21st of June this year and it is not up to a year before it starts complaining of IEXPIRING”
As at date, it says “6 days before it expires”
I should be having a year protection, but it doesn’t seem to be going like that.
I need help please

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