Getting a notification that it's time to update your computer is rarely something to get excited about. “My computer works fine the way it is,” you might think to yourself as you put off the update for another day. But as much as you may want to click "Remind Me Later" on that pop-up notification, regularly applying system updates are a simple, powerful way to help you stay safe online.

Regular System Updates are an Essential Part of Everyone’s Digital Life

The sooner you apply updates, the sooner you can enjoy their benefits.

Improved Security

According to a study by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), 80% of people state that they think it is “very important” to keep systems and software up-to-date on their devices1 — and they’re right. Today’s devices routinely receive updates to help protect your personal information against new and evolving threats.

Amazing Experiences

System and software updates often include feature and speed enhancements that help enable amazing experiences. For many, this is a major reason to apply system updates regularly. In fact, when addressing how likely they are to keep systems and software up-to-date within the next month, 75% of participants in the NCSA study said that they were “somewhat to very likely” to do so.1

Peace of Mind

Only 25% of people the NCSA surveyed are “completely confident” that their devices, like their desktop computer, laptop or notebook, are free from viruses and malware.1 System and software updates, when routinely applied, can help give you more peace of mind so you can focus more on what you love.

Meet Update Cat

(And Win One to Put on Your Desk) 

Update Cat lives by your computer to remind you that regular system updates are an important part of everyone’s digital life — feline or human. It's easy to win your own Update Cat. Just share on Twitter one reason why you think it's important to keep your computer systems up-to-date using the hashtags #UpdateMeow and #promo. Each week we'll choose five first prize winners and twenty second prize winners by random drawing to get a real, cute, and cuddly Update Cat Swag Pack — with an Update Cat desk toy or t-shirt — sent to the recipient of their choice.

See Official Rules for full details. Limit one entry per person per weekly drawing period. Begins: 10/31/2018 Ends: 12/26/2018. US (including DC) residents of majority age only. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

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Intel is teaming up with the National Cyber Security Association (NCSA) and Microsoft to launch a nationwide, coordinated effort to help remind desktop and notebook users about the importance of keeping systems and software up-to-date. The message is simple: when users receive an update notification from their device manufacturer or operating system vendor, they should verify the source and apply the update. It’s one of the easiest ways to help keep devices secure.

Together, we can make our interconnected world more safe and secure.2 3 4

Product and Performance Information


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