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Check (All) Your Windows Patches.
I've been focused on defensive computing for a long time. If I had to rank the most important aspect, the number one thing is to be skeptical. No software can protect the gullible. This article is about the next most important aspect of defensive computing: the ongoing process of applying bug fixes to software.
Why do I rate software updates ahead of antivirus and antispyware software? Because no anti-malware product is perfect. A computer running a fully patched version of Adobe Reader, for example, cannot get infected by a malicious PDF file. A computer running antivirus software and a buggy copy of the Adobe Reader can get infected.
Keeping Windows itself up to date has gotten easy enough so that even non-techies have little problem with it. If you run Office, it too can be updated automatically. However, the rest of the software on a Windows computer is a totally different issue.
Microsoft does not update software from Sun, Adobe, Mozilla, Piriform, Foxit, Tall Emu, VideoLAN, Irfan Skiljan or anyone else. Instead, every software vendor is forced to re-invent the wheel and Windows users are left with a huge hodge-podge of software update mechanisms. It's a mess.
Check (All) Your Windows Patches: Secunia - www.esecurityplanet.com
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|06 May 2010||#2|
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Good read. Been using PSI since it was first a beta product, and it has found vulnerabilities that cannot be fixed, as well as those that can, and reporting turn-around time is usually far less than 24 hours for vulnerabilities that they themselves report and usually under 48 hours for those reported by others.
The main point, though, is one that will probably get glossed over by most folks:
If I had to rank the most important aspect, the number one thing is to be skeptical.
Thanks for the post, m8.
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