Software updates provide security patches to keep your applications and data secure.
Always keeping your software updated is an easy way to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals.
Get it from the source.
When downloading a software update, only get it from the company that created it. Unlicensed versions often contain malware and can cause more problems than they solve.
Make it automatic.
Software from legitimate companies usually provides an option to update your software automatically. When there’s an update available, it gives a reminder so you can easily start the process. If you can’t automatically update it, remind yourself to check quarterly if an update is available.
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 legitimate browser message will not ask you to download anything – 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.)