How often do you update the apps on your phone?
Once a year?
Once a month?
Once a week?
Are you thinking to yourself, “Wait, I’m supposed to update my apps?”
I know that many people say that they don’t understand why they should be updating their apps. Many think it’s a waste of time and, really, why bother? Many others don’t legitimately know how.
Are software updates on my devices actually important?
I often use this analogy to explain why updating your apps often is not only necessary, but essential to optimal cyberhealth:
Let’s say there was an incident that resulted in one of the walls of your home having a big hole that a grown person can fit into. This means that anyone can easily sneak into the house in the middle of the night to steal your precious items.
If you could physically see a hole in your wall, you’d fix it right away, yes?
This situation can be compared to the apps installed on your devices.
Over time, apps will develop ‘holes’ – that will get larger and affect our devices. These holes will allow Cybermonsters to sneak through and potentially hack your data.
This is why it’s so ESSENTIAL to update your apps. By updating your apps, you are safeguarding your electronic devices, assuring they will be safe and avoiding any of those holes.
To update your apps, it’s actually quite simple! All you need to do is look in your settings for updates – notifications will pop up telling you when updates are available. Make sure to click to update when it first is available, that way you won’t forget.
Another way you can protect yourself is to turn off location sharing when possible on your apps. Locations can let hackers, scammers, and Cybermonsters see where you are, putting yourself at risk.
Ask yourself, does this app really need my location?
Do you have any other tips for mindful app use? I can’t wait to hear them!