Everyone on the World Wide Web today understands the need for web security with such long standing internet security firms as Norton and McAfee now household names in the world electronic security, however even the most powerful suite of internet security software is vulnerable without constant and timely updates to the software.
These updates are routine and should be installed in a timely fashion because of three basic facts of the internet, changing hostile programs, changing user programs, and evolving computer operating systems. Any one of the three facts listed above can nullify even the most sophisticated electronic security package if updates are not performed.
Hostile programs such as trojans, worms, malware, and adware are constantly being reinvented, redeveloped, modified and streamlined by hackers around the world on a daily basis for one major reason, to defeat internet security measures. Every electronic security suite depends on an electronic file that contains the identifying characteristics of hostile programs. As long as the characteristics , or definition, of a particular attack are on file, the security programs can filter the offending data out, however security programs that are not regularly updated will contain only the definitions of older programs and new electronics can and will penetrate security unmolested causing havoc.
Changing user programs also can necessitate a security update for two reasons. The first being user program associated vulnerabilities. Certain web-based programs can, when updates, accidently create loop-holes in internet security and only proper updates can allow the security software, and often the altered program, to recognize and defeat the program flaws.
The second way user programs can necessitate a security program update is when the modified user program, usually as a result of an upgrade to existing software or the installation of new programs to an existing operating system, can be attacked as if the program was hostile due to out of date definition information. Thus changing user programs necessitate security updates.
Evolving computer operating systems (OS) also lead to a need to upgrade security software regularly for no other reason than each OS change alters the fundamental electronic structure of a computer and sufficient changes to the structure of the OS will prevent the smooth operation of the security software and cause unexpected vulnerabilities in the web software.
Thus, it is critical to update the web security software on a computer to prevent hostile programs from being misidentified. Likewise to prevent the changing nature of modern computer programs to either neutralize programs security or otherwise electronic updates need be made. With changes in programs necessary updates need to be made to keep up. This especially true when discussing operating systems or OS.
When an OS is updated many different aspects of the electronic infrastructure change as well, damaging the interface between program and environment and thus downgrading the effectiveness of web security software. Thus, regular, routine upgrades to web security software are a necessity for any user of the World Wide Web both professional and personal.