Keep your software and apps secure by installing updates

Software and app updates contain vital security updates to help protect your devices from cyber criminals.

Cyber criminals use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software and app updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices secure. 

You’ll often receive a prompt on your computer, smartphone or tablet to inform you that a software or app is ready to be updated. Don’t ignore this message.

The few minutes it takes to download and install the updates could save you a significant amount of time and trouble in the long run, reducing the risk of you falling victim to identity theft. 

Benefits of installing app updates

Keeping on top of your software updates can be beneficial in many ways. Not only will your device be more secure, you will also enjoy the added benefits of:

  • Enhanced performance. Each new release makes improvements based on customer reviews, resulting in software that is faster and easier to use.
  • New features. Upgrading your software may open a whole new slew of features that could make your job easier or more efficient.
  • Bug fixes. On occasion there may be bugs in software that can cause your device and software to operate improperly. Upgrades provide bug fixes and patches that can make your computer run smoothly and at its most efficient level.
  • Improved security. Upgrading software allows your computer to benefit from additional protections and levels of security, ensuring your system has the latest defensive solutions to help limit the threat posed by malware.

Software and app updates don’t have to get in the way of what you’re doing. You can choose to install them at night whilst asleep when your device is plugged in or set your mobile or tablet to automatically update them when you are connected to Wi-Fi. So why not have a look at your devices and install your software and app updates. Below are some useful steps to help you do this.

Information can easily be found about how to install these updates from AppleMicrosoft and Google.

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