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3 Mistakes to Avoid While Updating Your Devices

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Everyone here will be familiar with the basics of device updates. Depending on your unit, OEM and OS, you will get update notifications from time to time.

It would, however, be surprising to note that you can get something as simple as updating your device wrong.

That is why we have compiled some of the common ways by which you are getting things wrong – and what you can do to change the situation.


Mistake #1 – Not updating early enough

Every hour you spend not downloading that update that has been sent to your device is an hour that a hacker somewhere has the chance to attack. 

You might not have thought about it that way before, but it is just how it is. 

Android updates are a good place to look since the monthly rollouts are usually labeled security fixes. That tells you that some flaws have been found in the system and that update has come to fix them all.

Another example with iOS devices is that of the USB hack which allowed a device designed by Celebrate to gain access to iPhones and iPads. In just a couple of days, the company sent out an update to this issue. That tells you that consumers who did not get the update on time will keep being susceptible to the same hacks.


Mistake #2 – Updating over unencrypted networks

Most software updates are heavy, so it is not surprising that we want to find the best way to get these updates without incurring extra data costs. That leads many down the path of public Wi-Fi networks.

No matter your reasons for using a public Wi-Fi network, you are exposing yourself to more harm than you know. 

For one, you could be targeted with malware installed on the network. This malware finds a home in your device and could wreak different kinds of havoc. On the other hand, you could also become a victim of man in the middle attacks, data monitoring and snooping, etc.

If you must use a public Wi-Fi network for updates or anything else, consider downloading a VPN beforehand. Layering your internet connection over a VPN not only changes your IP address but also encrypts your internet data. 

Thus, even the ISPs (the company providing this public Wi-Fi service) won’t get to see your data stream on their network.


Mistake #3 – Flashing custom ROMs

Device manufactures and companies will sometimes send out some updates to certain units while keeping it away from others.

Taking the smartphone industry as an example, you can see the Android 10 update go to some Samsung phones and the others would not be getting it. The reason for that is sometimes because the said software has not been tweaked to fit the hardware and existing software on the other phones.

However, it is not uncommon to see users go for a custom ROM out of impatience. They flash this onto their devices with the hopes of getting the same treatment as those that have officially gotten the software update.

When this is done, one or more things could happen:

Flashing custom ROMs will require root access into the device, and this voids the warranty with most manufacturers. Likewise, you run the risk of damaging your device too. Even if you got the update to work, there would be incompatibilities with some of the hardware on your unit. 

In a way, you have stepped down the functionality of your device by migrating to a new software package.



Identified one or more mistakes that you have been making? We hope that this piece helps you make the necessary amends.