Software and App Updates

Why updating is important and how it secures your devices

It is important to keep your software and apps updated. These updates often patch security vulnerabilities which criminals will try to exploit if they are not fixed. Patching is quick and easy and shouldn’t interfere with your day-to-day use. Read NCSC advice for more information on patching.

Survivors can be targeted with spyware which may enable a perpetrator to keep tabs on movement and activity. It is therefore equally important to have up-to-date internet security software on all your devices – including your mobile devices. Modern operating systems often have built-in software which should be switched on and operational.

Most security software suites include a firewall (for stopping unauthorised access), anti-virus software (to prevent, detect, and remove malware and spyware) and other functions to protect you from malicious e-mails and web sites.