Update. Update. Update again.
According to a recent research paper, there seems to be confusion for some users regarding the importance of doing software updates.
There should be no confusion: updates are vital to the security of the software your devices are running!
1- Update you devices operating system software (PC, Mac, cell phone, tablet, router…).
2- Update additional software you have downloaded and require (Adobe, Oracle/Java, Microsoft Office, Apps).
3- Configure Automatic Updating where possible.
Please, take the time to understand the importance of updates: you are taking steps to ensure the security of your device and the privacy of any personal information you store or access via those devices. You are taking steps to protect yourself, your family, and your community with these simple steps.