Why is preventing malware important?

Malware can take many forms, including capturing keystrokes and passwords when they are entered, ransomware, which can encrypt files and demand payment to release them, and using devices to send out spam or participate in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. If your device is infected, sharing files may also infect others.

How do you keep software up to date?

When you receive notification that a software update is available, install it as soon as possible. Knowing your programs and operating system is important. Some programs, like reputable antivirus/security software and some web browsers, including Chrome, automatically update. Mobile operating systems, apps, and other critical software may require your action to update. 

Here are some common software update methods.

  • Apple iOS

    You can update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS wirelessly. If you can't see the update on your device, you can update manually using iTunes. Find out more from Apple here.

  • Android Apps

    For Android users, the Google Play store reviews apps before they get published to help protect you and your device from potentially harmful apps. Even after you’ve downloaded an app from Google Play, or if you download an app from another source, the Verify Apps feature will regularly scan your apps to make sure everything looks safe. To get access to the latest features and improve app security and stability, you can follow these instructions to update your Android Apps either individually, or automatically.

  • Google Chrome

    Google Chrome automatically updates when a new version of the browser is available on your device to make sure you’re protected by the latest security updates. These updates normally happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer’s browser. But if you haven’t closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update. Learn more here.

  • Mac Apps and iOS

    To check for Mac software updates, open the App Store app on your Mac, then click Updates in the toolbar. If updates are available, click the Update buttons to download and install them. Find out more from Apple here.

  • Microsoft

    How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows Windows 10 The great news is that you don’t have to do anything to get the latest updates, as they'll automatically download and install when they’re available. (Unless you’re on a metered connection, then updates won’t download until you get them.) Find out about Windows 10 updates here. Windows XP, 7, 8, 8,1 Use the latest version of Automatic Updates feature. Find out more from Microsoft here.