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Keeping your operating system and applications up to date is one of the best ways to protect yourself from being hacked.
An update is a new, improved or safer version of a software.
All your personal or business devices including your phone, tablet, computer or laptop use software to run. Software includes:
Operating systems like Windows, Android and macOS
Apps on your phone
Games on your console
Your anti-virus, your browser or word processors at work.
Many software providers release these free updates for their products, to correct security concerns and improve functionality.
An automatic update is a default or ‘set and forget’ feature that updates your software as soon as an update is available.
Cybercriminals, malicious programs and viruses can find weaknesses in your software (called vulnerabilities) to access your device. Software providers release updates for their products to correct security concerns and improve functions. Installing regular updates fixes these vulnerabilities to improve your protection and your business’s protection from loss of money, data and identity.
Installing software updates as soon as they become available limits the amount of time cybercriminals have to find and use these weaknesses.
Updates also provide enhanced features and efficiencies for programs and apps.
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