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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.

AutoRun patch a long time coming for XP users

Nearly 18 months after it was discovered, Microsoft has finally fixed a hole in the AutoRun function of older Windows versions that allowed viruses to spread via external storage devices.

While it’s good to know Microsoft is finally listening to the complaints of the Windows community, the company’s delay in applying important patches put our systems at risk unnecessarily.

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Microsoft’s out-of-cycle patch plugs hole in IE

Please stop your holiday preparations long enough to apply this week’s important security update for Internet Explorer.

While most of the sites that currently host the so-called XML exploit are located in Asia, this attack on IE is likely to spread quickly to other sites, so make sure to update your PCs with this patch before using Microsoft’s browser for anything else.

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Does the glitch in .NET patching put you at risk?

People using Windows XP Service Pack 3 may not be offered all the .NET security patches their applications require.

However, if none of your PC’s programs requires a version of .NET Framework, this problem will have no impact on your system.

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XP Service Pack 3 blocks .NET security patches

Installing SP3 on Windows XP eliminates the operating system’s ability to install important security patches for Microsoft’s .NET technology and possibly other software.

This problem forces XP SP3 users to apply patches manually to complete vital updates.

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