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Installing software updates as soon as they become available limits the amount of time cybercriminals have to find and use these weaknesses.

Today and everyday

  • Take the time to install software updates as soon as they become available.

  • Better still, turn on or confirm auto-updates.

  • Set a convenient time for auto-updates to avoid disruptions to business as usual.

  • Regularly check for and install updates ASAP if auto-updates are unavailable, especially for software.

  • Common software to keep updated includes:

    • operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android

    • antivirus and security software

    • browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge or Safari

    • web plugins such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Skype, Apple QuickTime, iTunes, Java, ActiveX

    • other types of applications such as Microsoft Office.

  • When you purchase a new device, check for updates straight away as part of initial set up, ensuring you enable automatic updates.


If your hardware or software is too old it may not auto-update and leave your business susceptible to technical, software and security issues. The ACSC recommends upgrading your device or software. Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 10 will be unsupported after 14 January 2020 and 13 October 2020 respectively.


For more advice on what end of support is, why it is important to be prepared and when to update, upgrade or make other changes, read the ACSC’s Quick Wins for Your End of Support guide.