Author Archives: Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley

About Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley is a Small Business Server and Security MVP, a title awarded by Microsoft to independent experts who do not work for the company. She's also a partner in a California CPA firm.

Control ill-behaved apps with DEP in IE

Internet Explorer 8 includes a security feature that shuts down misbehaving applications before they can harm your system.

This capability, known as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), runs by default when IE 8 is installed on XP SP3 and Vista SP1 or later, but it may not always be clear to you why DEP has put the brakes on one of your PC’s applications.

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Sun, Apple, Microsoft install chaff with patches

When you apply a security update for one of the programs on your PC, beware of uninvited software that wants to come along for the ride.

Vendors are more and more often going over the line, piggy-backing unsolicited commercial products and services onto crucial security patches.

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Install MS’s out-of-cycle patches for IE, apps

Two emergency updates released by Microsoft this week correct flaws in Internet Explorer and potentially dozens of third-party programs.

One of the patches is intended primarily for use by application developers, but how far the threat to apps extends — and how many end users will be affected — is not yet clear.

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Learn to read the obscure WindowsUpdate.log file

Every moment your computer is on, a nearly undocumented Microsoft file — WindowsUpdate.log — maintains a record of your system’s patching activity.

Making sense of the information in this update log can be a challenge, but I’ll show you how you can use it to learn the inside story of your PC’s update history.

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