Technology is always changing and, while usually for the better, sometimes doesn’t work exactly as intended. Thankfully, software companies become aware of this and work hard to fix all issues. After they’ve developed a fix, they then send it out in the form of a patch.
But what is a patch and how do you go about getting one?
A patch is a fix for a piece of software. Usually, a patch is used for minor issues and bugs and can be easily installed. If there is a patch available for any software you are using, it is recommended to install it sooner rather than later. Waiting to install a patch can keep your software from updating its security flaws and allow data to be unprotected, which you don’t want.
Patch VS Upgrade
Due to the update of the software, many people think that they are getting an upgrade. However, this is not the case. While a patch updates your software, you essentially have the same product. An upgrade, on the other hand, is a completely new piece of software with new features, code, security, etc. This will usually cost money because it is a new product, while a patch is sent out at no charge.
How to go about getting a patch installed
For the most part, the companies who provide the software will notify you of the patch. Usually, this comes in the form of a notification on the program or platform you are using. Sometimes the company doesn't even tell you and just installs it. Other times you may have to do research and find the patch. This is common with website plugins, so be sure to check with the manufacturer of all your plugins if something is going wrong.
Other than the occasional researching, installing a patch is a very simple procedure and shouldn’t take very long to implement.
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