Software and application updates contain important security fixes that can help keep your devices safe from cybercriminals.
Most of us are guilty of this - putting off software and app updates. When a notification to install updates appear, we are often in the middle of doing something, so we choose to hit the “ignore” or “remind me later” button to avoid any further disruptions.
However, updates contain important fixes that address known weaknesses (also called vulnerabilities) in software and apps. If your software and apps are not up to date, cybercriminals could find and use these vulnerabilities to infect your devices with malware, steal your data and even take control of your devices.
Promptly updating your software and apps limits the amount of time that cybercriminals have to find and use these vulnerabilities. Updates can also deliver bug fixes and improvements, as well as add new features to your software and apps.
The next time an update notification appears, install the updates promptly. This should apply for your devices’ operating systems, web browsers and plug-ins, anti-virus software, and other types of apps.
If you are unsure whether an update is legitimate, check the software publisher’s or app developer’s website for verification.
To minimise disruptions to your daily routine, you can choose to enable automatic updates for your software and apps. You can set your devices to update automatically when you are connected to Wi-Fi, or schedule updates to install overnight when your device is plugged in.
For details on how to keep your PC up-to-date, visit the Microsoft Windows website.
For details on how to keep your Mac up-to-date, visit the Apple support website.
Notifications are sent when updates for Android are available.
For more details about updating your Android apps, visit Google Play Help.
Notifications are sent when updates for iOS are available.
For details about how to keep your iOS devices up to date and turn on automatic downloads for app updates, visit the Apple support website.
If you are looking for information about updates for other software and apps, visit your software publisher’s or app developer’s website.