We may know that computing is rapidly ascending into the cloud, but do we know where we’re going and what the “cloud” is, exactly?
Once a simple euphemism for the World Wide Web’s infrastructure, cloud computing is rapidly becoming a complex virtual world where we work and play.
It seems like just yesterday that Microsoft released Windows 7; now we’re gearing up for its first service pack.
It seems a little surreal, but Microsoft is releasing an update that will prepare your PC for the really big update to Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
2011 is not getting off to a good start for Windows vulnerabilities — we’re starting the new year with more unpatched known vulnerabilities than ones we’re able to fix through updates.
Most of you will see just one official Patch Tuesday security update. But there are workarounds and mitigations you might need to consider.
It’s an all-too-common occurrence: As soon as Internet Explorer gets patched, another zero-day exploit is discovered.
If you’d like to give IE more protection from hackers, Microsoft has a little-known, free tool — EMET 2.0 — you should take a look at.
One measure of our success battling malware is the number of patches we’re asked to install each month. By that benchmark, we’re surely losing.
The patch count for December is a record for the year, with fixes for Internet Explorer, zero-day bugs, and DLL preloading threats. This might be end-of-year house cleaning, as most of the patches are not critical.
The security certificates provided by various companies are supposed to update automatically, but sometimes the process fails and creates a mess.
But botched updates can leave behind remnants of certificates that are a pain to remove. They also raise the question: Why do we need them?
While most of us in the U.S. are washing up after turkey or tofu, I’m also cleaning up some leftover Patch Watch items.
We’ll undoubtedly have fresh helpings of patches in mid-December. But in the meantime, here are a few that might need your attention.
Your e-mail address can leave business associates with a good — or not-so-good — impression of you as a businessperson.
Creating a custom domain name for your e-mail can make your correspondence look more professional, and setting it up isn’t as hard as it might seem.
A light month of Windows updates means we can focus on applications that need patching.
After last month’s heavy load of updates, we could use a break! But we also need to worry about what we’re not patching, not just what we are patching.
I had high hopes that .NET 4 would break with previous versions and be easy to patch — but it’s not to be.
After working with .NET 4 for a bit, I grieve to report that it, too, is a pain to patch and laborious to remove.