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Daily Archives: February 2, 2021

  • Keeping the spammers away

    Posted on February 2nd, 2021 at 23:34 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    First off, my goal here is to protect the regulars and keep out the spammers.  I’m using a specific spam service that is designed to keep known spammers off of discussion web sites.  I’ve set the settings such that if you are a registered user, or an AskWoody plus member you shouldn’t see the filtering software or the count down that it does to keep denial of service attacks at a minimum.   My goal is to get it so that the regulars won’t see any change at all, but anyone who is a spammer will be throttled and kept away from the site.

    Clearly I’m still tweaking the settings because I’ve seen a couple of folks get caught by the spam engine and they shouldn’t be getting caught.  If you need me to whitelist your IP because it’s flagging you as a spammer even though you are not, let me know.  I know that with Wordfence sometimes you need to try another VPN connection.

    As always with technology that makes things more secure there’s always hiccups and false positives.  Thank you for your understanding.

  • The February 2021 Office non-Security Updates have been released

    Posted on February 2nd, 2021 at 15:12 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The February 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, February 2, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the January 2021 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4493189)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4493190)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4493164)

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4486684)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB4493169)

    Office 2010
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4493180)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (KB4493179)

    Office 2010 reached EOS on October 13, 2020.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).