Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Update Your Software

Update Your Software this Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Approximately 2 in 5 survey respondents say they either “sometimes,” “rarely,” or “never” install software updates, according to the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA). One of the easiest ways to protect accounts and information is to keep software and applications updated. Updates are periodically released to fix software problems and provide security
patches for known vulnerabilities. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, don’t hit the “remind me later” button — take action to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.

Keeping software up to date is an easy way improve your digital security. For added convenience, turn on the automatic updates in your device or application security settings. Set it and forget it!

Keep Software Up-to-Date with These Tips

Check for notifications: Devices and applications will usually notify you when the latest software updates become available, but it’s important to check periodically as well. Software updates include devices’ operating systems, programs and apps. It’s important to install all updates, especially for web browsers and antivirus software or apps with financial or sensitive information.

Install updates as soon as possible: When a software update becomes available, especially critical updates, be sure to install them as soon as possible. Attackers won’t wait, and you shouldn’t either!

Turn on automatic updates: With automatic updates, devices will install updates as soon as they become available — easy! To turn on the automatic updates feature, look in the device settings, usually under Software or Security.

The NCA says 36% of survey participants reported installing the latest updates and software as soon as they became available and of those who reported installing the latest updates to their devices, 62% had turned on automatic updates.

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