BYOD Policies Should Emphasize OS Updates

The most popular smartphones get hardware upgrades annually, along with frequent software updates. In addition to the major operating system overhauls that also tend to appear every year, there are also periodic security patches and other features that can be downloaded with regularity.

Generally, it is wise for smartphone owners to keep their devices up to date, as the OS developers are constantly seeking out potential security vulnerabilities and fixing them as soon as they can. This is even more true for those who bring their own devices to work and use them to store both personal and business information.

"Not everyone keeps up with operating system upgrades."

The problem, of course, is that not everyone keeps up with operating system upgrades. Even Apple, which makes the process seamless and regularly brags about how quickly consumers move to the latest software, has reported that only 60 percent of devices are using iOS 10.

Owners of Android devices are even further behind. This past summer, Digital Trends reported that the adoption rate for Marshmallow was only 13.3 percent.

Sometimes, slow adoption happens because owners have older devices that will not run the latest software well. Other times, it happens because they are simply unaware of how to go through with the upgrade process. But businesses that have proper procedures in place can speed this along.

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