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Do regular updates

Prevent cybercriminals from accessing your device or your data by installing regular security updates, both for your operating system and for your programs and apps. Nice bonus: these updates often also include new features. Shut down your computer every day. When starting up, updates are usually installed automatically.

Why is updating important?

Every program contains so-called vulnerabilities, also known as software bugs or errors, which make it possible for cyber criminals to cause damage or take control of your devices. Fortunately, these vulnerabilities are discovered and corrected. This is exactly what happens when you update.

Our advice

For Windows users:
Often there are many programs on your devices. How can you know exactly if they are up to date?  There are programs that will sort this out for you. They will give you an overview of the programs that need an update and offer you the possibility to run them.You can set up these applications to scan on a regular basis. (ex. 
Patch my pc *)

For Mac OS users:
MacOS Apple updates are usually installed through the app store. There you have the possibility to check for updates and install them. Many other programs will notify you when software updates are available.

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About automatic updates

Most programs have a setting enabling them to update automatically to ensure that you are always working with the latest versions and thus also with the best protection against security leaks. The same applies to your Internet browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari.

Would you like to know more about automatic updates for your Internet browser? Make your choice below:

Updating your operating system

For your Windows computer

For your Apple computer

For your mobile device with Android

For your iOS-device (iPad, iPhone of iPod touch)

Updating your programs and your apps

The list below contains the most popular programs that you may have on your computer. If you have an older version, download the most recent version.

For your computer:

Updating the apps on your Android mobile device.

Updating the apps on your iOS mobile device.

Disclaimer: Why these products? 

The Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB) has selected a series of products currently on the market based on objective criteria.

However, the CCB accepts no liability for any direct or indirect damage resulting from the downloading or use of these programs. Users are advised to download only the programs in question from the developers' official website.

In addition, the CCB cannot be held liable to users or third parties for any direct or indirect damage resulting from any errors in the updates or the collection or interpretation of the information they provide.

Under no circumstances can the CCB be held responsible in the event of a temporary interruption or malfunction of the user's system. 

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