A simple and effective step you can take to boost your cybersecurity is to your software and applications up-to-date. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, let's dive into why software updates matter and how they can be your first line of defense against cybercriminals. Be sure to share this article with your employees so they can take the proactive step of embracing software updates.

The Constant Battle for Security

Behind the scenes, dedicated software and app developers work diligently to keep their products and users safe from evolving cyber threats. They continuously monitor for any signs of potential breaches and vulnerabilities that hackers might exploit. Even if their systems have never been compromised before, these developers proactively seek out weak points and potential entryways for cybercriminals. This tireless effort is driven by their commitment to improving security for everyone who relies on their services.

The result of this is the release of regular software updates. By installing these updates, you're not only enhancing your security but also gaining access to the latest features and improvements. It's crucial to understand that the benefits of updates can only be reaped if you actually implement them.

Fortunately, updating software is a straightforward process, and you can even automate it to ensure you're always protected.

4 Tips for Effective Software Updates

Automatic Updates

Take advantage of automatic updates to streamline your security efforts. These updates can be set up to download and install as soon as they're available. While you might need to restart your device for the updates to take effect, you can schedule this during inactive hours, such as overnight. Regularly checking your update settings, preferably on a quarterly basis, ensures everything aligns with your preferences.

Source Verification

Exercise caution when downloading anything, especially software and app updates. Stick to verified sources for your software downloads and rely solely on your device's official app store for app updates. Remember that authentic updates come directly from the developer, and downloading from unauthorized sources could expose you to malware and cybersecurity threats.

Avoiding Phishing Attempts

Be wary of urgent pop-up windows demanding immediate software updates. These often appear on suspicious websites or if your device already has malware. Recognize these as phishing attempts and refrain from clicking on any buttons. Many web browsers issue warnings about unsecure websites or potential malware sources. Take these alerts seriously and close your browser to avoid falling victim to these scams.

Cultivate the Updating Habit

Even if automatic updates aren't enabled, make it a habit to update your devices, software, and apps regularly. Set a routine of checking for available updates, especially if you receive notifications. The minor inconvenience of closing programs and restarting your device is well worth the enhanced security, particularly when updates address critical vulnerabilities. If automatic updates are off, consider checking your settings at least monthly. Set a reminder on your calendar so you never forget.

Embrace the Digital Lifecycle for Ultimate Peace of Mind

Updates are a fundamental aspect of our digital journey, ensuring we stay secure and up-to-date with the latest technology advancements. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, take the proactive step of embracing software updates. By doing so, you'll not only enjoy enhanced peace of mind but also the best in security and new features.

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ArmorPoint, LLC is a managed cybersecurity solution that combines the three pillars of a robust cybersecurity program — people, processes, and technology — into a single solution. Designed by cybersecurity experts, ArmorPoint’s cloud-hosted SIEM technology and extended detection and response capabilities enable businesses to implement a highly effective, scalable cybersecurity program. With customizable pricing available, every ArmorPoint plan offers a dynamic level of managed security services that support the risk management initiatives of all companies, regardless of available budget, talent, or time. ArmorPoint is developed and powered by Trapp Technology, Inc., a Phoenix-based IT managed services provider. To learn more about ArmorPoint, visit armorpoint.com.


Ashley Capps

Chief Marketing Officer, Trapp Technology and ArmorPoint