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Stay up to date

Every day there are thousands of applications made, and it seems like every year there is a new operating system coming to market. In those same time periods, there are millions of software updates that come out for all these new and evolving products. Many of these updates will add new useful features or improve performance. But many, many more will correct vulnerabilities within the program. Some are minor, but some can be devastating to your device and data if they are found by any number of malicious actors and programs.  

Patching Security Vulnerabilities - Software updates, or patches, are released by developers to address security vulnerabilities discovered in their applications. Failing to update your software means leaving these vulnerabilities unaddressed, leaving your devices and data exposed to potential attacks. Regular updates ensure that you have the latest security patches in place. 

Protection Against Exploits and Malware - Outdated software becomes an easy target for exploits and malware. Malicious actors actively search for systems running outdated software, as they are vulnerable to attacks that are known to work. By keeping your software up to date, you fortify your defenses and reduce the risk of falling victim to such attacks. 

New Security Features - Software updates often include new security features and enhancements that improve your overall defense. Developers constantly analyze emerging threats and design updates to mitigate them effectively. By staying updated, you benefit from the latest security measures and advancements in technology. 

Software Ecosystem - It's important to recognize that software is interconnected. Outdated software on one device can become a gateway for compromising the entire ecosystem. Neglecting updates on any device connected to networks or shared systems poses risks not only to your own security but also to others within the network, both within the University and most importantly at home. 

How can I keep up? 

Enable Automatic Updates – If available, this ensures that your software receives the latest security patches without requiring your active involvement. Regularly check and configure automatic update settings for your computer, applications, and other devices. 

Update All Devices - Remember to update all your devices, including computers, smartphones, tablets, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Neglecting updates on any device can create vulnerabilities that compromise your overall security. 

Prioritize Critical Updates - While all updates are essential, prioritize critical security updates for your operating system and security software. These updates often address the most severe vulnerabilities and play a crucial role in maintaining your digital defenses. 

Be timely – While it is perfectly fine to delay your computer’s requested update while you are working on an important paper, ensure that you update your device as soon as possible, ideally on the same day. 

Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? Watch this space all month for more security tips!

--WU ITS Information Security


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