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Do this simple thing to make your devices more secure

This Cybersecurity Awareness month, join the 68% of users who keep their software up to date. It’s easy and quick and helps keep your data safe.

According to the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA), nearly a third (31%) of computer users say they either “sometimes,” “rarely,” or “never,” install software updates. Security professionals are imploring you to click that “update” button on your laptop or phone to prevent hackers from getting into your data. It just takes a minute to install the latest patches to protect against known vulnerabilities. Make it a point to check for updates on your laptop and phone weekly, perhaps on Friday afternoons as you wrap up the week.

Of those who reported installing the latest updates to their devices, 45% had turned on automatic updates. A further 21% note that they take immediate action when they receive a notification (NCA).

For more cybersecurity best practices, read “Top 9 Cybersecurity Habits to Adopt Today,” in the UC Davis Knowledge Base.