Equip my devices with the latest security defences.
Security technology is constantly evolving to keep up with criminal hackers’ technology.
All programs and applications you use are made by humans and therefore potentially contain mistakes. In terms of security, these potential mistakes can turn into vulnerabilities exploited by criminals.
To protect their clients, program providers work hard to fix every known vulnerability as fast as possible.
To be equipped with the latest security defences, your computer and smartphone must be up to date at all times.
Most software providers, like Microsoft or Apple, distribute updates automatically, so usually it’s very easy to stay up to date – you don’t have to do anything!
Sometimes an update requires your confirmation by clicking a button in a pop-up window. Even if updating means you’ll have to put some effort into adapting to new features or new-look the software, don’t postpone updates.
To receive updates, your computer must be connected to the internet. If you are travelling or just don’t use the internet for a while, it might take some time for all updates to be applied after reconnecting.
If you want to be certain, you can check your software’s version number in the menu and compare it to the latest version number published on the official website of the program or provider.