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Daily Archives: January 4, 2021

  • Win7 ESU License purchasing now open

    Posted on January 4th, 2021 at 13:49 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For the second year Harbor Computer Services has agreed to make the Win7 ESU licenses available for small quantity purchasers. What do you know? Microsoft and the distributors both got their act together this year and opened up Windows 7 – Year 2 Extended Servicing Updates license for sale on time. That means it’s available now! The cost of year two licensing is $142.

    To prepare for your license purchase you will need:

    • Your tenant information from last year. Find that email from Ted. It’s in there and you were instructed to keep it in a safe place.
    • Credit card
    • Number of licenses needed
    • email address

    If you have any Windows 7 computers that do not have year 1 applied, then you will also need to purchase year 1 for that computer. There’s a note section to let Ted know that you need one of those too. After you submit the form, Ted will process the information, make the purchase and the send you an email response with the license and instructions for installation. Just like last year. Please be a bit patient as we get ramped up to process these.

    Here ‘s the link to the form

  • What does the SolarWinds attack mean to us?

    Posted on January 4th, 2021 at 11:12 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Heard about the SolarWinds attack and how attackers had access to Microsoft’s source code?  Here’s my views on the SolarWinds attack.

    I don’t think it means that attackers can inject things into Windows.  I don’t think it gives them any more information than they probably already had.

    But I think that over time Microsoft will make the Attack Surface Reduction rules to be easier to use to add protection even down to us lowly home and small businesses.

    I currently do not enable these rules on my home computers.  But I’m keeping an eye on them for sure.  And patching my machines, but just not immediately.

    More at Computerworld.

  • MS-DEFCON 4 – reminder for December updates

    Posted on January 4th, 2021 at 00:27 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just a reminder – it’s time to install the December updates.  If you received a bit of an unusual alert tonight/this morning that had a heading of November updates but content regarding December updates that left you slightly scratching your head, blame yours truly (me!) that clearly didn’t read the manual well enough to get all the parts of the alert template right.  Like a typical geek I missed a step or two.

    For those WindowsSecrets former newsletter subscribers who are receiving unusual renewal reminders saying that their subscription is about to expire on November 10, 2206, no we having been drinking the leftover egg nog a bit too much, clearly the technology gods are slightly freaking out on the year change.  Apologies for any unusual emails you may be receiving, have received or will be receiving as we work through the issues.  I have someone looking at that.

    Ah isn’t technology fun?

    Remember we are taking a break this week from the newsletter and will be back next week with some exciting new content and authors.  Stay tuned!