One of the most effective things that you can do to secure any system is to keep it up to date, ideally this can be done automatically.

Cron-apt is a package that helps you do this.


sh sudo apt-get install cron-apt


cron-apt has two configuration files


contains the configuration for when it will run.

the default is every night at 4 o’clock


Is the configuration for when cron-apt will run.

You will likely want to add two lines to this file

replacing the email address with the ones that you want to be notified of updates. Further considerations

There is one issue with this set up. cron-apt will download the updates and notify you, but will not install them.

You will still need to do in and run

sh sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

To apply these updates.

My next post will be on how to automatically install security updates.