Keeping Your Apps Updated
It happens to us all. We’ve become more and more dependent on our smart phones and devices. The responsibility of owning one is nearly similar to that of owning a vehicle. While you won't be changing your spark plugs every 100,000 miles, you do need to update your operating system and apps to continuously keep your information safe and apps running smoothly.
Did you know that 82% of the United States' population owns a smart phone? That's 270 million people! And one of those people probably includes you. That’s why we want to stress the importance of keeping your financial information secure with the latest app updates. At SafeAmerica Credit Union, we’ve recently updated our mobile banking app with even more security and new app features. Without an update to your app, those features don’t get pushed out to you.
Here Is Why You Should Keep Your Apps Updated:
- Updating your app keeps your personal information protected by improving the security of your smart device. Having an outdated version allows for hackers to find areas which are vulnerable.
- When enough users report the same encountered issue to their respective device's app store, developers will look to immediately eliminate and introduce a bug fix to keep their app user's happy.
- The older an app is and the longer it has gone without updates will typically result in the same app running at a much slower pace. Updating your app will immediately improve it's performance, meaning faster load times.
- Over time developers notice what does and does not work for their user base. From tools that make accessing information much easier, to an updated design, new features are always a nice change of scenery.
Here Is What iPhone and Android Users Can Do — Set it And Forget It
Both Apple and Android recommend turning on your "Automatic Updates" in your system and app store settings. When app developers release updates, they are patching different vulnerabilities to protect users from security threats. Think of this similarly to vehicle recalls, but the "fix" happens rather quickly and through an internet connection.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap App Store.
- Turn on or turn off App Updates.
- Open the Google Play Store app .
- At the top right, tap the profile icon.
- Tap Settings Network Preferences Auto-update apps.
Select an option:
- Over any network to update apps using either Wi-Fi or mobile data.
- Over Wi-Fi only to update apps only when connected to Wi-Fi.