Approximately 2 in 5 survey respondents to the National Cybersecurity Alliance’s Annual Cybersecurity Attitudes and Behaviors Report 2022 say they either “sometimes,” “rarely,” or “never” install software updates. One of the easiest ways to protect accounts and information is to keep software and applications updated. Updates are periodically released to fix software problems and provide security patches for known vulnerabilities. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, don’t hit the “remind me later” button. Take action to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.
Our Tips and Advice
Keeping software up to date is an easy way to improve your digital security. For added convenience, turn on the automatic updates in your device or application security settings. Set it and forget it!
Keep Software Up to Date with These Tips
1. Check for notifications
Devices and applications will usually notify you when the latest software updates become available, but it’s important to check periodically as well. Software updates include devices’ operating systems, programs, and apps. It’s important to install ALL updates, especially for web browsers and antivirus software, or apps with financial or sensitive information.
2. Install updates as soon as possible
When a software update becomes available, especially critical updates, be sure to install them as soon as possible. Attackers won’t wait, and you shouldn’t either!
3. Turn on automatic updates
With automatic updates, devices will install updates as soon as they become available—Easy! Turn on the automatic updates feature and look in the device settings, usually under Software or Security.
Additional Facts and Figures
36% of survey participants reported installing the latest updates and software as soon as they became available.
Of those who reported installing the latest updates to their devices, 62% had turned on automatic updates.
Being in the know is the first step to protecting yourself and your business from cyber fraud. Choice Bank is committed to providing you with up-to-date resources and tips to help you stay informed. Learn more at bankwithchoice.com/cybersecurity.
This content was produced by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance.