You may not realize it, but if you have a website, it is most likely operating with some kind of software. Many websites on the Internet today are created with a content management system such as WordPress or other third-party web builder application. These systems, and any additional plug-ins or scripts that go along with them, are running software for your website.
Similarly, you may notice that software on your personal computer, such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader, receives frequent updates. These updates can range from standard bug fixes to more important security patches. These patches are released to repair elements of the software that hackers could gain access to and manipulate. So while it is tempting to hit “ignore” on all of those pesky software update pop-ups, they help protect your assets.
For those same reasons, it is even more important to keep the software updated on your website. If a hacker gains access to your website, it can severely compromise your business. A hacker can do anything from simply shutting down your website – which results in lost business – to actually stealing your customers’ personal data – which results in lost trust. By keeping your website software up-to-date, you can prevent such disasters from happening.
It may take some training to understand exactly how to update the software, depending on the content management system being used. Some systems may provide announcements similar to those on your PC, but others may take some initiative on your part. Either way, the small investment of time needed to update your website is well worth the minimized risk to your business.
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