Frequently Asked Questions

Is my operating system secure?

It’s quite common for security problems to be discovered in existing software, particularly your computer’s operating system (e.g. Microsoft Windows). When this happens, the software company will usually issue an update, known as a patch. You should regularly check for updates to the main software on your computer by visiting the supplier’s website or using the update features in the software. Since everything on your computer relies on your operating system working properly, it’s very important to keep it up to date.
If you have a Windows computer you should regularly visit Windows Update to check for new patches from Microsoft, or enable automatic updates.
If you have an Apple computer running OS X, you should regularly visit the app store to check for updates.
For more information and advice on different aspects to stay safe online visit https://www.getsafeonline.org/ (opens in a new window).


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