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Windows 7: Check (All) Your Windows Patches.


05 May 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Check (All) Your Windows Patches.

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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.
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Check (All) Your Windows Patches: Secunia - www.esecurityplanet.com

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06 May 2010   #2

 

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:
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If I had to rank the most important aspect, the number one thing is to be skeptical.
That, right there, is the number one difference between those that get infected more often and those that do not. It's not (only) the sites you visit, it's not (only) the layers of protection you use - it's your common sense (or lack thereof).

Thanks for the post, m8.
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06 May 2010   #3

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Excellent read. thanks as always JMH.
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23 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thanks JMH very good thoughts. I have been accused of checking for updates and scanning way to often. I like you thinks it just makes since. It's not hard to do. This reminder from you will most likely help some people. Thanks again
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23 May 2010   #5

Win7
 
 

Totally agree! I read something that said Windows 7 has reduced its OS vulnerabilities dramatically since XP and now the new attack vector is at the application layer!
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