Rajiv Singha

Why are Software Updates so Important for your Security

June 29, 2015
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
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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.

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Rajiv Singha
About Rajiv Singha
Rajiv is an IT security news junkie and a computer security blogger at Quick Heal. He is passionate about promoting cybersecurity awareness, content and digital...
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  1. bharat chandfaranaJune 30, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    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

  2. 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

  3. RAJIV KUMAR BHAGATJune 30, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    very fine

  4. nirav ashraJune 30, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    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!!

  5. ASHOK KUMAR MANDALJune 30, 2015 at 7:06 PM


  6. ASHOK KUMAR MANDALJune 30, 2015 at 7:08 PM


  7. Prathamesh h dhuri.June 30, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Software update

  8. navin paneruJune 30, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    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… 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… the same ID is working on my mobile and laptop and other cyber cafe…with this facebook will only reducing their clients………better to inform the real problem if it exists?

  9. govind singhJune 30, 2015 at 10:47 PM

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

  10. RAHUL GUPTAJune 30, 2015 at 11:55 PM


  11. Always notify the updates availability.

  12. Harsh SainiJuly 1, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    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

  13. 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.

  14. vishwajeetJuly 1, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    it is very good

  15. shivendra kumar patelJuly 1, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    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.

  16. kk parasharJuly 1, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I now understand and would keep it in mind.

  17. kk parasharJuly 1, 2015 at 11:11 PM

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

  18. unable to detect internet connection though i m connected pllzzzz help

  19. suvendu mannaJuly 2, 2015 at 1:51 AM

    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?

  20. 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

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

  22. Sonraj Vinod SJuly 2, 2015 at 9:05 AM

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

    update deffinition is corrupt

  23. Ramkumar DhungelJuly 2, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    this is useful for computers

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

    • Hi Om,

      When you run a Full System Scan on your PC, the vulnerability scanner works automatically in the background. If it finds any vulnerabilities in your machine, it will notify you.


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

  26. VAIBHAV SHARMAJuly 2, 2015 at 8:45 PM


  27. Edwin Jose EJuly 2, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    How to register quickheal

  28. BHARGOB BORAHJuly 3, 2015 at 1:37 PM


  29. S.SukumarJuly 3, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    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.

  30. kristan patelJuly 3, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    How do i update my quickheal????

  31. very good

  32. prem kishorJuly 5, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    please halp auto quickheal ideas

  33. hemraj jatJuly 5, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    quick heal is very good system antivirus

  34. DHIRAJKR,ROHITJuly 6, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    my security has been incorrect system date/time

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

  36. sir antivirus autometic usb card ko scesen nahi kar raha he

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

  38. vijendra babuSeptember 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Is quich heal app good for Android mobiles

  39. 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