23/11/2020

3 Reasons Your Business Should Avoid Outdated Software

Technology is more of a necessity than a choice in business these days. Things like software tools make work easier, plus it can save costs for your business. However, one common mistake businesses make is using software tools for too long, or rather, using outdated tools. One study done by firm BitSight found a correlation between data breaches and obsolete software. This highlights the risks of using out of date software. Here are other reasons why you should shun outdated software in your business.

Outdated software is prone to cyber attacks

For starters, outdated software is one common avenue where cybercriminals can exploit your business. Again, studies have found that outdated software tends to have vulnerabilities that make it easier for criminals to attack and cripple your business operations. If you are using out of date tools, it is likely that you are more vulnerable to ransomware attacks, malware, and data breaches, etc. Remember, attacks can lead to loss of customer trust, money and even business.

Outdated OS might be incompatible with other software

For any software to function as intended in a fast-paced ecosystem, it has to be maintained regularly. Most enterprise-level software developers keep updating the software to ensure that it is running as intended and even better. Now, running outdated operating systems might lead to glitches in other essential software. You might upgrade other tools only to run into compatibility issues that might hurt key operations in the business.

It is one reason why you should update your OS to keep your other key tools ‘happy’. If you are running Mac for your business, then you can upgrade to the latest macOS Big Sur as soon as it is stable. Well, you can do it quickly by following this guide to clean, install or upgrade your OS. The same applies to other OS, be it Ubuntu or Windows on-site or on the cloud. You should upgrade them for compatibility to move in tandem with developers who also seek to add new features to your enterprise tools.

You will lose support; it will cost you more!

It is common that the vendor will withdraw support on previous versions of outdated software after a while. In this regard, you will lose the support to help you if you run into problems. Of course, the outdated software will become less useful, plus it might even be costing you more than you think!  Think of it this way; you might be having your team working to fix issues that would have otherwise been easy to handle if you had the support from the vendor. That’s surely hurting your productivity, right?

In a nutshell
 

All in all, software is now a necessary part of infrastructure investment in your business. It makes the work easier, plus it will also increase productivity that will help grow your business. On the flip side, if any core software becomes outdated, it opens up vulnerable loopholes to your business systems. It will hurt your efficacy, but worse even, outdated software can be a leeway for costly cyber attacks. So, make sure you always keep your software up to date!
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