By Logan Stiles, Network Administrator, GRM Networks

The use of anti-virus and anti-malware software are essential first steps to safeguarding devices and end users from cyber-attacks. However, these types of software need regular updates in order to do their jobs and be effective.

Software updates and patches not only provide new features and added benefits to the application or program, they also include important security patches, bug fixes and database updates with information on how to best keep devices protected. Unfortunately, these essential updates and patches are often times ignored by end users as the annoying pop-ups and notifications interrupt screen time. No matter how irritating, these pop-ups should be taken seriously, as they help protect devices, and their users, from becoming easy prey for the next attack. This article expands upon the importance of software updates.

To further illustrate this point, recent surveys indicate that more than 60 percent of cyber-attacks involve known vulnerabilities. In an effort to ease the burden on end users and encourage the application of the essential updates, many software companies and device manufacturers have built in features such as off-peak hours updates, automatic update checks and in some cases, automatic updates. To learn more about the key principles of anti-malware and anti-virus software, read this article found at www.kaspersky.com.


The call to action for end users is to enable automatic updates and patches today. This video from the Federal Trade Commission further illustrates the importance of these security updates. The Center for Internet Security also recommends setting automatic updates on new computers.

As a reminder, software updates and patches apply, but are not limited to, operating systems (OS), applications (apps), software, and browsers on all end user devices, such as smartphones, laptops, desktops, tablets and smart home devices.


To learn more about this and other cybersecurity tips, please visit https://www.grm.net/cybersecurity/.