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Don’t delay – update today!

5 October 2018

We are all familiar with the temptation to hit ‘remind me later’ when a software update appears.

However, spending a couple of minutes now updating your software could save you thousands in lost money and time recovering from a cyber incident.

Installing software updates is one of the best ways to protect yourself from being hacked. Software updates are available for your phone, the programs on your computer and apps you've downloaded. They add new features, install bug fixes and most importantly fix security holes that could let cybercriminals in.

Hackers, along with malicious programs or viruses, can find weaknesses in your software (called vulnerabilities) that they then use to access your computer, smartphone or tablet. Installing updates fixes these vulnerabilities and helps keep you secure.

Installing software updates as soon as they become available limits the amount of time hackers have to find and use these weaknesses.

Protect yourself by making software updates one your priorities:

  • Take the time to install software updates as soon as they become available
  • Better still, set your system to update automatically – then you don't have to think about it
  • When you purchase a new device, check for updates straight away as part of initial set up and ensure you enable automatic updates.

For more information on how to reverse the threat of cybercrime and stay smart online, please visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au/reversethethreat.