Security Tip for Cyber Security Awareness Month

Person at computer protecting themselves from cyber threats

posted October 18, 2023 in Fraud & Security

Protecting yourself and your family from cyber threats is essential, and you can take some simple steps to do so. Malicious actors continually probe software to discover vulnerabilities, which are essentially flaws in the software security. Once these vulnerabilities become known, software developers promptly release updates or patches to address these weaknesses. To safeguard your digital life from these threats, it's crucial to keep your software up to date with the latest patches and releases.

Be Mindful of Software Locations

Software is everywhere, often hiding in unexpected places. While most individuals are aware of the operating systems that power their personal computers like Windows or Apple's operating system and their smartphones such as Android or iOS, we sometimes overlook the software that operates household devices.  This software may be on thermostats, doorbells, security cameras, or applications that run on top of our operating systems like web browsers and mobile apps.

Run Software updates regularly

Updating various types of software may involve different methods, but the easiest approach is to enable automatic updates during the initial software installation. As a fallback, remember to periodically check for updates with the manufacturer.  By consistently updating your software, you are taking a vital step in protecting your digital life and ensuring the security of your personal information and devices.  It is more important than ever to take steps to protect yourself from cyber threats.  By taking a few easy steps like enabling software updates, you are making it harder for bad actors to gain access to your devices and personal information.

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