In the technological computing world, a security patch is the equivalent of a security update. These updates are designed to fix specific problems related to the product installed on devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. when a specific product faces security holes, or bugs. Updates to fix bugs or security holes are released to avoid problems like making certain data the program has access to vulnerable to exposure, lowering usability and performance of the program, or exposure to ‘forced closures’ for unexpected errors or problems.
Depending on the program developer, security vulnerabilities can be categorized into different levels of severity. Based on severity, the program developer will issue and recommend newly released security patches. For example, Microsoft’s security vulnerability ratings include critical, important, moderate, or low. Fixes to security and software problems allow for increased performance and security of the data the program handles.
Two common devices these updates are offered for are computers and smartphones. For example, for computers these patches are commonly seen via our anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Such software has to constantly be up-to-date. If a user does not update the software, his or her device will be vulnerable to attacks and low-security performance – exposed to malicious attacks through viruses, Trojans, etc. Additionally, if we are amongst smartphone users, we are no strangers to application updates. The performance of apps is dependent on updates, which often times is automatically or manually updated. However, regardless of the mode – these updates are recommended to fix certain bugs the app developers may have found a solution to.
It is important that computer users, as well as mobile device users understand that in order to minimize the risk of exposure or low performance, security updates must be performed on devices. Often times, these updates may be viewed as an inconvenience. However, the ultimate purpose behind a security patch is to fix the potential problem at hand, as well as the potential consequence. Data protection should be equally important as program performance when it comes to our device’s security. Stay up-to-date, and protect your data and device.