Cyber Streetwise is launching #quickupdates today to encourage people and businesses across the UK to always download the latest software and app updates as soon as they are appear.
Software and app updates contain vital security upgrades which protect devices from viruses and hackers. They are, according to CESG – GCHQ’s cyber security arm - the most important action that people can take to protect themselves from cybercrime.
The latest Government stats, from Ipsos MORI, reveal that the majority of Britons don’t always download the latest software updates for their mobile phone (70%) or for their computer (65%), as soon as they are available.
The research also found that:
•The most common reason respondents across the UK gave for not downloading the latest software updates for their computer was that it was ‘too time consuming’ (29%)
•19% of respondents across the UK felt it was ‘too time consuming’ to download the latest software updates for mobiles
However, it only takes a few minutes to download software and app updates versus the time it can take to recover from a cyber hack. This is why Cyber Streetwise is launching #quickupdates.
Danny Lawrence, National Police Chiefs’ Council PROTECT Co-ordinator for Cyber Crime says, “Many people believe software updates are purely cosmetic, but they also address security vulnerabilities in software, plugging gaps which hackers exploit to gain access to the general public’s devices. It takes very little time or effort to download the latest software updates. Do not ignore this risk by thinking that it won’t happen to you; because it just might.”
Lynn Farrar, Chair of Neighbourhood Watch said, “We wholeheartedly support the #quickupdates campaign and we are urging everyone to download software updates on mobiles, laptops, tablets and computers as soon as they appear in order to protect against cybercrime. This is such a quick and easy way to protect yourself, your family and your community against hackers it makes sense to get into the habit of doing it as soon as you possibly can.”
To find out how to set your device so that it automatically downloads the latest software updates, as well as other ways to protect yourself from cybercrime, visit: