One of the most common questions (and frustrations) amongst attendees at our Tea and Technology events is around updating apps and software.
While technology is rapidly changing for all of us, the pace of change is something that the older community is particularly struggling with in today’s world.
We are generally creatures of habit and therefore hesitant with change. However, our demands as consumers that requires technology developers to continuously update apps, devices and software.
Here’s something to consider.
Do you get your car serviced? Do you change the oil, wiper blades or change the tyres?
In much the same way you maintain your car to keep it running well or for safety reasons, you will need to do similar things for your device and technology.
Here are four main reasons why you should regularly update your apps and software on your devices.
- Security - the most important reason is to protect yourself online. Scams, Hackers, Viruses and Malware are all terms you may have heard of. For centuries, there have been people who have tried to take advantage of others and in the digital world we are now in, this is no different. The great news is that technology companies have teams of people who strive to make their products safer for consumers and businesses. They will send out software updates to make it safer for all of us. This article about software updates on the Australian Government's Stay Smart Online website explains security further.
- Improvements - app developers value feedback from users as it helps to identify what is working well, what can be improved and how it can lead to an improved user experience. Making a product that customers enjoy and want to use makes good business sense.
- Easier learning curve - keeping your app updated regularly means you can stay familiar with the product and therefore reduce the chances of feeling overwhelmed with learning.
- It is inevitable - at some point you will have to update your app or software to keep it working. It may not be immediately, but all app developers and software developers will have to stop supporting old versions at some stage. It actually becomes really challenging to ensure an app can work on multiple new and old software versions and products.
The good news is that if you are not comfortable updating software by yourself there is plenty of help out there. You can go to your local Apple Store or contact a Seniors Citizen Club, Computer Club, Local Library or Neighbourhood Centre who may run a short course or have volunteers who can help. There are also plenty of community and private organisations out there that may be able to provide help. An example is Leep.ngo in Western Sydney.
You can also ask your friends or family. Some of your friends may be more comfortable with technology and happy to support you with technology.
If you have downloaded YourLink, please ensure you regularly update the app from the App Store and open the app refresh it.
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