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Benefits of Automating Patch Management

Most operating systems nowadays are set up to notify us immediately when a new security patch or update is available to install on our system. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to protect your computer from the ubiquitous cyber maladies that can wreak havoc on our twenty first century tools is to download and install any new patch or update immediately upon receiving notification, but procrastination in this manner is uncomfortably common. And of course, if you happen to be a network administrator, the concerns inherent in trying to ensure that each individual that uses your workstations faithfully downloads every new patch that comes their way can be overwhelming and futile.

However, automating the patch management process for both individual machines and network wide workstations for administrators can save a whole lot of headaches, stress, and lost productivity due to easily avoidable security breaches. There are plenty of patch management tools available online across a variety of price points, and installation and setup of these tools is usually fairly easy. Always be sure that the patch management tools you ultimately download are both reliable and compatible with your OS of choice, which can usually be determined via a search engine query on the subject. Simply enter the exact name and version of your OS into the query, as well as the phrase patch management tool reviews. Pay especially close attention to the results that include reviews from respected software and tech sites, and choose the patch management tool that best suits your system and your budget.

Bear in mind that excellent patch management software is available across the price spectrum, so the most expensive programs are not always necessarily the best ones. With any luck, once you have downloaded and installed your patch management system of choice, you will have one less chore to have to worry about in your life!

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