Did you know there is a difference between updating and upgrading? No really there is a difference, but do you know what the difference is? Having a clear understanding of the difference between the two is crucial for anybody who works with computers in general. An although a mere “duh” would suffice, you would be amazed how many emails we get from clients that do not know the difference. Knowing the difference between the two is a start for changing online behavior, and it gives you control over a key element of your own business. Namely yourself!
An update is usually a minor change in software and usually associated with security patches and small features that have been added without any changes to the core of the software. Depending on the software that you are using, you will see a difference in the version numbering as follows: 5.12 subsequently followed by 5.13 and so on.
An upgrade is a major change in the core of the software and is usually released when a whole new version has been created. This usually involves a code re-write that is substantial and you can see this via the version numbering as follows: 4.12 subsequently followed by 5.12 and so on.
Upgrades do no appear that often as updates. If you compare this to your own operating system, lets say Windows, you can make the following comparison. You upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and you can download security updates periodically based on that version of the operating system. The latter is very important. Updates usually involve security and it keeps your software safe and secure. It is a vital part of maintenance that often is being neglected. Upgrades on the contrary are not always required unless that specific version no longer is being maintained, or if you want to use the extra features that exist only in the newer release of that specific software.
If you do not keep your system up-to-date, you run the risk of security breaches. If you have more questions about specific software and/or scripts and what the best option is, feel free to contact us for further advice.