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Keep Software Current for Optimal Performance, Protection and Peace of Mind

by | Feb 1, 2012

Snowbound Software encourages its customers via frequent email communications to visit our ‘Latest Releases’ Web page frequently to verify that they’re using the latest version of our document viewing and image conversion applications and toolkits. Our development team is constantly enhancing our offerings to ensure streamlined functionality including Web viewing, batch conversion and document processing.

Our ever-more connected and digital society relies on a wide variety of software applications for us to accomplish tasks, communicate with each other and be entertained. The growing number of programs that we all access also translates into a need for even greater attention to detail to ensure that these applications are kept up to date for peak performance, data security and peace of mind. Those who don’t are rolling the dice with their security and increasingly at risk.

Vulnerabilities may be exploited when the latest releases of many software applications aren’t used – leading to cyber attacks on your PC and possibly allowing sensitive information to fall into the wrong hands. In one recent example, a bug was discovered in both current and past versions of Adobe Reader, the popular free application used to display PDF files. The issue, described as ‘critical’ by Adobe, could potentially allow a hacker to take control of the affected system.

While PDFs are simple and universally accessible, this flaw highlights one of the problems that this file format faces. They are the perfect Trojan horse for hackers since almost everyone has a PDF reader, meaning that at some point in time – access may be granted to virtually any computer via malicious code hidden in PDF files that users unwittingly open.

Software updates, other than the applications used to do your job or keep yourself amused, include your computer’s OS, Web browsers and various background programs such as Java. Obviously, keeping software up to date is the best way to minimize security risks, but isn’t foolproof. Computer users should also employ antivirus, spyware removal and firewall protection programs as computer safeguards – especially when accessing and shopping on the Internet. And of course, these programs need to be kept up to date as well!

Snowbound Software encourages all our customers to keep both their software and maintenance contracts current as this is the best way to ensure that you’re working with the latest technology, minimizes potential security issues from outside threats and provides obsolescence protection. Additionally, we hope that the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that you have access to assistance anytime you need it is a comfort in today’s uncertain world.  For over 15 years, our family of support programs has guaranteed to our customers that their products will always have the latest technology and improvements, keeping their technology ahead of the curve and their customers happy.