Over time, software, e.g. operating systems such as Windows, apps, web browsers, etc. may no longer be updated by the supplier, so it is imperative to install the latest software updates.

Although the software will continue to work, it may no longer protect against online threats. If a security weakness is discovered, the software can be compromised and become vulnerable to a cyber-attack.

Software and app updates contain vital security updates to help protect your devices from cyber criminals.

This is very important to help protect you from ransomware or malware attacks.


For benefits to be gained from up-to-date security measures, only use supported software on your systems and devices. This includes downloading and ensuring you install software updates as soon as possible as it will help keep your devices secure.

In accordance with your organisation’s policies, you can set desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets to automatically install software updates when an update is available. You can choose to install updates overnight or you can set your device to automatically update when you are connected to Wi-Fi.