I mean, yes, and no.
Paul Gowder

Sure, I understand that. It’s also the case that most average users aren’t terribly risk averse to the potential of being hacked. However, I’d venture to guess that most individuals aren’t refraining from turning on auto-update or actively clicking “yes” to installing that critical security update because they’re fearful of government surveillance or corporate data collection. I also don’t think the fear of feature removal is a pronounced concern here. If I had to guess (and I’m sure there’s some literature looking at consumer behavior somewhere out there), I’d say most people don’t turn on auto-update because it never crosses their mind, and refrain from manual updates b/c the restart/time sink is too much of a hassle. That’s why I’m so bullish on silent-running background updates like Chrome embraces — no fuss, no mess.

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