Many of us use apps and software on our computers and phones to make our lives easier. We may keep documents and personal information, such as back account information, on our devices. If not maintained properly, this poses a great risk.
This information is very valuable to criminals (more commonly referred to as hackers). Outdated software or apps can have security flaws that hackers are aware of and use to infiltrate your devices and compromise and steal your data. The data could be used for blackmail or to gain access to financial institutions you may be using.
Let’s look at how keeping apps and software updated can benefit us. Software and App updates help protect your data by fixing any flaws that may not have been present when you initially installed the software. Updates also provide access to new features and improve existing ones.
Most devices provide an alert when there is an update for the OS (Operating System). Updating the OS is very important, as this is the foundation of all other installed software.
For a Windows device, type “Check for Updates” in the search bar and it should direct you to the proper link to click on.
For an Apple device, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Tap Download and Install. If a prompt asks to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later.
For an Android device, open your device’s Settings app. Tap Security > Check for an update. To check if a security update is available, tap Security update.
To check if a Google Play system update is available, tap Google Play system update. Follow any steps on the screen.
It is also good idea to go through the Settings on your device to make sure they’re set to alert you when updates are available.
By Darrell Ross, Systems Administrator