A software “patch” or “fix” is an update designed to correct problems with a software program or an operating system. Software manufacturers usually develop patches to resolve any security issues or flaws that are discovered, and to improve functionality.
If my computer is working fine, do I still need to apply a patch?
By not applying a patch you might be leaving an opportunity for malware to enter your system. Attackers take advantage of flaws in a system, so unpatched programs can become an entry point of attack. It’s important to keep software up-to-date and install updates as soon as they become available. Applying a patch is similar to taking vaccinations when there is a threat of a disease.
How can I keep my computer patched and up-to-date?
An easy way to stay up-to-date is to use the “automatically update” option on your computer. Avoid selecting the “Remind me later” option, as you should download and install updates immediately.