All computers, tablets and smartphones have regular updates released by the hardware and software manufacturers.  Why update?  The basic answer is to ensure that everything works.
For example, Microsoft pushes out updates so the operating system will run smoother and seamlessly.  Much of this is done in the background; so, you’re not even aware it’s going on.  All the manufacturers also push out security updates so hackers cannot get into your system.  With all the hacking attempts in the news these days, one cannot be too cautious when it comes to your electronic data.
Most of these updates require a reboot – be it a server, workstation or smartphone.  Next you’ll ask, “Should I reboot?”   The question we ask is, “Why are you not rebooting?”
Historically, the practice was to keep the server up and running as much as possible. Nowadays, we encourage clients to reboot at least once a month for servers, and once a week for personal computers, smartphones, tablets and the like.  This ensures that all updates are fully installed and it clears out any temporary memory usage and files.  In particular, a reboot resets the machine and closing any unnecessary applications that may still be running, resulting in better overall performance.
So, keep you computers, big or small, happy and healthy.  Update them and reboot regularly.  Want to cross this off your To Do list?  Ask us about our managed services plans and we’ll take care of this for you.– Posted by Cathy Coloff with contributions from Pat Brennan