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Keep cybercriminals out by keeping your device up to date

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Why should you update your device?

Cybercriminals, malicious programs and computer viruses are always looking for ways into your devices.

One of the most common ways they do this is through exploiting weakness in software—also known as vulnerabilities. Much like a thief attempting to break into a home, cybercriminals will always look for the easiest way in.

When your software is not up to date, it’s like leaving a window unlocked.

What can you do?

By always updating software, you’re essentially plugging any gaps the cybercriminals might try and get in through. Luckily, software developers are constantly releasing updates for their products, to fix any security concerns and improve functionality. Most software will ask you to update when a new version is released, and you should always do this when prompted.

How do I remember to update?

Cybercriminals never stop looking for vulnerabilities, so you need to continually download the latest version of software to your devices.

The easiest way to stay on top is by turning on or confirming automatic updates where possible. An automatic update is a ‘set and forget’ feature that updates your software as soon as it becomes available. This way you can relax knowing you’re always using the most secure version.

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