In this blog, we explain how software updates close security holes that could otherwise be exploited by cyber criminals.
Everyone gets them. Those irritating notifications that inform us a software update is available.
We find them annoying because it can take a few minutes to download them - time we want to be using to browse the Internet.
But it's vital you don't ignore them as installing the updates will help protect your computer or device from a cyber attack.
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.
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.
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.
The UK's National Cyber Security Centre has also produced the following guide on how to protect your computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets from the damage caused by viruses and other types of malware.