Where and when to look for new updates and patches. 
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<<First Name>>,
This lesson is all about taking ownership of your apps and software, by staying on top of patches and updates. Installing the newest patches and updates as they come ensures you have the most secure version of software available.

Keep Apps Patched and Updated, and do it often

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Updates aren’t just to make an app look or play differently—they’re meant to keep your app secure, by fixing vulnerabilities and errors that crop up as people use the app. 

What’s the difference between an update and a patch?

Patches are mini-updates to fix error and bugs in software code. Patches can address usability issues, but most importantly: security flaws!

Updates are planned software upgrades and aren’t necessarily a correction for one specific problem. Updates not only contain new features, but also address software security flaws. 

How often should I run updates?

You should be updating apps, as soon as you receive notification! If you’ve built up a habit of clicking “Remind me later” you’re running out of date software.  

At the bare minimum you should find a consistent time every day to run updates. While you’re packing up your things to go home, for example.

Checking for updates manually

These days, a lot of apps will update themselves in the background, but it’s important to know how to check for updates yourself, especially in Google Chrome and your mobile apps. To do so, follow the instructions below:

How to check for Chrome updates

Normally, Chrome will automatically update itself when you close your browser and open it again later. If you haven’t closed Chrome and reopened it for a while, the color of the settings button (found in the upper righthand corner) changes to show how urgently you need to update:

: An update's been available for 2 days.
: An update's been available for 4 days.
: An update's been available for 7 days or more.
  • In the upper right hand corner of a Chrome window, click the Chrome settings button.
  • Click “Update Google Chrome.” If you don't see this button, you're on the latest version.
  • Click “Relaunch.”

How to check for Android App updates

  • Open the Play Store App: 
  • Tap the Menu button in the upper lefthand corner
  • Tap “My apps & games”
  • If you have updates available, you’ll see a green button that says “UPDATE ALL” Tap the button and let the updates run
  • If you see no “UPDATE ALL” button, then your apps are up-to-date

How to check for iOS App updates

  • Open the App Store: 
  • Click on the "Updates" tab
  • Tap “Update All”
Eliminate the risk of missing a patch or update by putting that task to your IT team, and work with a partner to manage devices across your entire organization and keep them up-to-date. Let’s schedule a meeting.

Now it’s your turn:

  • Perform an update check on your mobile device (3 min)
  • Check with your IT team to see if they are handling patching and updates on your work computer. If not, perform an update check (3 min)

Well done, <<First Name>>, you’re in the home stretch! In two days, you get to scratch off the final lesson in the Bulletproof Security Challenge: preparing your own disaster plan. 

See you at the finish line.

Dan & Garrett
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