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Security updates for my Ubuntu Droplet

I am running an 18.04.3 droplet, and I was wondering whether I needed to maintain security updates or if they were done automatically? I’ve never needed to worry about “servers” so not sure what to expect.


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Hi there @jamisonroberts,

As all Droplets are completely unmanaged and DigitalOcean does not have direct access to any of your Droplets. This means that you have root access and you are responsible for managing and updating your servers.

If you don’t want to manually have to update your Ubuntu Droplet, what you could do is use the unattended-upgrades package provided by Ubuntu. It allows you to automatically install package updates, and can be configured to update all packages or just install security updates.

For more information you could take a look at the official documentation here:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AutomaticSecurityUpdates

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby

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