October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week, let's all be rigorous in our updates. One of the easiest ways to keep your information secure is to update your software and apps.
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Update often — don't delay
Be sure always to update your software when updates become available. Updates sent by software manufacturers fix general problems and provide new security patches where cyber criminals might get in. Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to get to your data. Updating your software is an easy way to stay a step ahead.
Get it from the source
When you download an update for your software, you can just download the update from the company that created the software. Never use a hacked, pirated or unlicensed software version (even if your friend gave it to you). These often contain malware and cause more problems than they solve.
Automatic is better
Legitimate companies usually provide an option to update your software automatically. When an update is available, some software will prompt a reminder so the update process can easily be started. If an automatic update is not available, a calendar reminder to check at least quarterly would be a good starting point.
Watch for fakes
Maybe you've seen these pop-up windows when visiting a website or opening software that urgently asks you to download something or fill out a form. These are always fake and should not be followed. A browser will only warn you not to move forward or stay on a specific web address because it might not be secured or it could contain malware.