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Cyber Security Awareness Month – Week Four

By Daniela Cooper, on 24 October 2023

It’s the fourth and final week of Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week is all about updating your software. It’s an easy one to forget or to put at the bottom of your To Do list, but it’s an important one as it provides an easy gateway for malicious attackers to get in and compromise your computer. Don’t forget to enter the week four quiz for your last chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

Software Updates

  • Tip: If you connect it, protect it. Outsmart cyber criminals by regularly updating your software.
  • Any device that connects to the internet is vulnerable to risks. The best defence is to keep device security software, web browsers, operating systems and applications up to date. Turn on auto-updates!
  • All those update alerts from your software are important to install! Not only do they fix things that might be buggy, but they also patch up any security flaws.
  • Pay attention to software update alerts and set your software to auto-update–it’s an easy way to keep things safe. Set it and forget it!
  • Outsmart cyber threats! Hackers are always looking for vulnerabilities to exploit. Stay ahead by enabling automatic software updates. Stay safe, stay updated!
  • The power of timely updates! Automatic software updates work silently to protect your devices. Say goodbye to outdated software and embrace the power of the latest features, enhanced performance, and tightened security.


Recap of topics covered in this Cyber Security Awareness Month – 4 simple ways to keep your online life more secure:

  1. Use strong passwords and download a password manager
  2. Turn on multi-factor authentication
  3. Recognise and report phishing and
  4. Update your software. 

Cybersecurity is everyone’s job – including yours. We all have a role to play in keeping our interconnected world safer and more resilient for everyone.


Remember to complete your CybSafe training

A quick reminder that if you haven’t completed your CybSafe training, please do so here:


The training can now also be found on InsideUCL: https://app.ucl.ac.uk/InsideUCL/

CybSafe contains a wealth of knowledge including a news feed, a knowledge base and the ability to share videos with friends and family.


Week Four Quiz

Be in with a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher by answering the question below:

Q: What four things do you need to keep up-to-date?

Please send your entries to isg@ucl.ac.uk with the subject line: CSAM Week Four. The quiz is only open to UCL staff and students who enter using their UCL email address.


For more information on how to protect yourself, your friends and your family see: https://staysafeonline.org

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