What is ‘Patching’?

What is ‘Patching’?

‘Patching’ or a ‘Patch’ is the term used for a software update.

 

What does a ‘Patch’ do?

Patches can do any of the following things:

  • Fix a software bug
  • Install a new driver
  • Address new security vulnerabilities
  • Address software stability issues
  • Upgrade the software

It’s vitally important not to ignore these updates.

Your operating system will say that there is an update ready, similar to the way it does on your phone. Or when you come to shut down your PC or laptop, it will say update and shutdown, sometimes frustratingly an update will occur while you are in the middle of something, often something important or when you are working to a deadline, we’ve all been there.

The updates are often temporary fixes between full releases of a software package.

 

Why is running a ‘patch’ so important?

Patches are an extremely important method for updating programs or new system security threats which appear regularly, especially in online environments. Patches can either be run manually or automatically depending on your settings.

 

Our monitoring service

At Smart, we provide a ‘patch’ update monitoring service. We will proactively monitor your operating systems for patch updates and run them for you at a time that is convenient, often overnight so that it doesn’t affect your working day and to reduce downtime.

This service means that your operating system is always up to date with the latest installment, reducing security and stability risks.

We offer this service to our customers who also have remote support for just £1.50 +VAT per month, per workstation/laptop.

We also provide award winning antivirus packages AND back up services. For more information, get in touch.

 

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