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A beginner’s guide to automatic updates.

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Defend against digital break ins with up to date software.

It’s a familiar scenario: Logging in to start a busy day, and you get a prompt saying that an update is available. Are you hitting the “later” button? You wouldn’t be the only one. But updating your software is kind of like upgrading the locks on your front door – it gives you the latest and greatest level of protection.
Even better? If you take a little bit of time to get everything in order, you can set up updates to occur automatically.

What are software updates for?

When your software is not up to date, it’s like leaving the doors to your business unlocked.
Cyber criminals never stop looking for cracks in your systems and will continually seek to find cracks or gaps (aka security vulnerabilities) in common systems and software.

Software companies continually release new and updated versions in order to ensure their products are as secure as possible. Software updates also give you access to new features and optimised performance, so it’s a win-win for your business’s security and operations.

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Hitting the LATER button can leave you open to attack

Out of date software increases your chances of a digital break-in or data breach. Think of it like leaving a window open when you lock up for the night. But who has the time to accept a software update at peak hour, when you need your computer to serve customers, make orders and run your business?

That’s where automatic updates come in.

Turning on automatic updates is a simple step to keep your business safe.

Think about all of the different devices you use to operate your business. Computers and mobiles are the obvious ones – what about payment machines, security systems and ordering/inventory hardware? Now imagine a security compromise to any device – this could have a huge impact on your business. By turning on automatic updates for all your devices and software, you’re keeping your digital doors locked to cyber criminals.

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