Postponing Updates Can Put Your Computer at Risk

It’s the beginning of the day. You grab your coffee and sit down at your desk to finish those tax returns you left from the night before. You’re settling in and your program starts to load just as you see that little notification at the bottom: “Windows updates available.” You tell yourself you’ll get them later, but in reality you just keep ignoring the updates. We’ve all done it. Running updates takes time and it always seems to happen when you’re in the middle of something.

As frustrating as it can be, pushing your Windows Update off can lead to complication with your computer and your tax program. Typically, these security updates are pushed by your software companies to patch any security flaws in the system that could compromise your computer or cause damage to your data. Those updates don’t sound so bad now, right?

Not running security updates when they become available can leave your computer at risk to hackers, viruses, and ransomware. Cyber criminals are constantly finding holes within operating systems to navigate inside your computer and steal your information. Once they’re in your computer, they can disable your anti-virus software and even take your client’s data. Protecting yourself from these security threats is vital for the success of your business.

Having multiple computers in your office increases the importance of these updates significantly. Ever heard the saying one bad apple spoils the bunch? The same applies with your computers. If one computer on your network becomes infected or compromised, the other computers connected become at risk. Viruses can easily spread across networks, into external hard drives, and even to your work emails. Don’t let your office fall victim to these threats.

Not only can postponing updates affect your computer, it can also affect the functionality of TaxSlayer Pro. For your tax program to run efficiently and effectively, you must be up-to-date with TaxSlayer Pro updates and Windows updates. Being behind on these updates can cause data loss, the program to not open correctly, and even rejected returns.

If you don’t have your computer setup to do automatic updates, you encourage you to check for updates frequently. For questions about Windows Updates or TaxSlayer Pro Updates, please call our Customer Support Team for assistance!