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Update your device regularly to ensure you're protected from vulnerabilities

Why are software updates and patches important? 🧐

Louis Fiddy

It seems that every time we go to open an app on our computers and phones we're getting pestered to install an update. Many of us just hit the "remind me later'' button, but keeping your computer or device up to date is important and shouldn't be put off for too long.

Patches and updates often contain important security fixes, especially when it comes to the operating system. Whether it's PC, Mac, iPhone or Android, not having the latest updates installed can lead to hackers taking advantage of unpatched security flaws. This potentially means documents or photos being deleted, personal data being stolen or an attacker gaining control of your computer.

Keeping any business devices secure is even more important - your livelihood could be at stake. Ensure your business has a process for keeping systems and servers up to date. Depending on the size of the company this may be handled internally or by an external IT specialist. Either way, check that your systems are up to date with the latest security patches.

It's not all doom and gloom. Installing updates regularly also makes sure you've got the latest features and bug fixes. It might fix an app crashing, improve usability or add something brand new. If you're bored of the "update available" notifications, there's an easier way - enable automatic updates on your device. You'll always have the latest security patches and the latest app features. If you're unsure if automatic updates are enabled, check the settings on your device.