Computer Updates: To Update or not?

That is the question that perplexes many small business people these days.  When your computer updates itself or keeps telling you “updates are available”, you might wonder what’s going on.  With all the security and privacy problems so prevalent in on today’s web, its advisable to update on a regular basis, but it’s best to apply them selectively.  New operating systems like Windows 10 and OS X, no longer give you a choice in the matter.  Updates are applied behind the scenes, and that often causes real issues for OS settings, continuity, and sometimes basic functions.  At SBC, its recommended that updates be applied regularly, but with discretion.

Updates were more user-friendly

Older OS platforms like Windows 7, which is still a stable option for many business offices, give you a few different choices for applying updates.  This means fewer surprises and more productivity.  So what do we do to manage updates in newer operating system like Windows 10?  You can control the scheduling of updates in PC Settings so that they don’t happen during your busy workday.  Also, you can ask your IT person to regulate them on the back end, using something called Group Policy Editor.  In this case either, the business owner, manager or IT person will have to make sure they apply updates on a regular basis (i.e. a long weekend or holiday ).  Computer updates are a two-edged sword in today’s security conscious computing environments, but applying them wisely, selectively, and regularly is the challenge we all continue to face.  It can make a difference for the efficiency and productivity in many small businesses.