Step 3 to Simple Online Security: Enable Automatic Updates Everywhere – The New York Times

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You know those annoying pop-ups on your computer and phone begging you to update the operating system? The ones you click or tap “Not now” on for weeks and weeks? Those are often security updates, and it’s best to run them as soon as possible to help protect your devices from bad actors.
All modern operating systems have automatic updates enabled by default, but it’s good to double-check that they’re happening, especially if you’ve been updating the same computer for a while.
As with operating systems, it’s important to set software to update automatically because good developers release security patches swiftly when issues crop up. In some cases, you set automatic updates in the software itself, whereas in other cases you might do it through the official app store for your device:
If you have other connected devices, such as security cameras, video game systems, smartwatches, doorbells, locks, light bulbs, or whatever else, be sure to set them to update, as well.
This article was edited by Arthur Gies and Mark Smirniotis.
Thorin Klosowski
Thorin Klosowski is the editor of privacy and security topics at Wirecutter. He has been writing about technology for over a decade, with an emphasis on learning by doing—which is to say, breaking things as often as possible to see how they work. For better or worse, he applies that same DIY approach to his reporting.
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