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  • Patch Lady Podcast for Early September

    Posted on September 8th, 2019 at 23:31 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Plus members, click here for the Pre Patch Tuesday Armageddon edition of the Patch Watch Podcast!  I recap the status of August updates, talk about phishing trends lately, and give some links to some great security talks.

    (and please let me know if you have any issues getting to the Podcast page!)

    [okay first issue I called it Early August podcast it’s supposed to be Early September!!]

  • Patch Lady – master patch lists

    Posted on September 5th, 2019 at 23:35 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Question to the AskWoody plus members:

    I added a new variation of the master patch lists due to a request from Tina.  In addition to the Win10 only, the pre Win10 and the Office updates spreadsheets, I’m going to put a spreadsheet and PDF that has all the updates for the month in one tab of the spreadsheet.

    Now here’s the question – do you want me to release separate sheets for each month so that you can go to any month to look up an update, or would you rather that I pile each month’s updates into one big spreadsheet?

    The reason I am going to still keep breaking out the Windows from the Office updates is that at some point in time we’ll all be on click to run and no longer tracking individual updates.

    Head on over to the Master Patch List tab and let me know what you think?  Stay tuned I plan to do monthly Patch Podcasts as well.  Let me know if you have other suggestions or comments.



  • August updates still dribbling in

    Posted on September 2nd, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    With August rapidly coming to a close, it’s time to review the status of Windows exploits and any lingering patch side effects.

    The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) threats — BlueKeep and the follow-on DejaBlues — are still missing in action. To my knowledge, there are no in-the-wild attacks using the original BlueKeep or this month’s BlueKeep II and BlueKeep III.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.31.0 (2019-09-02).

  • We’re easing into the Plus Membership benefits

    Posted on August 23rd, 2019 at 15:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Several of you have written to tell me that you can’t download Susan Bradley’s Master Patch List. There’s a reason for that.

    We’re gradually enforcing the Plus Membership restrictions: In order to get onto the Master Patch List page — and, soon, in order to download the latest Plus Newsletter and Alerts — you have to be a Plus Member.

    I’ve waited more than six months to clamp down. We’re starting now.

    If you want to get to Susan’s Master Patch List, or want to see the latest AskWoody Plus Newsletter, you need to:

    1. Sign up for an AskWoody account. That’s easy and free — just click Register.
    2. Log in using your AskWoody account.
    3. Sign up for Plus Membership.

    Keep in mind that we’re still on a donation model: You get to decide how much to pay for a one year’s Plus Membership. Really.

    The new Newsletter download page should be up early next week. We’ll bring over all of the old Windows Secrets Newsletters as part of the migration. Right now, it’s my intent to limit access to just the most recent Newsletter, and keep that block in place for a week. Everyone will be able to view or download every Newsletter except the most recent one — which requires Plus Membership.

    There are no plans to change our policy on Anonymous posting, or to limit the site in any other way. The big question is whether we can bring in enough revenue to keep the whole ship moving. And that, my friends, is up to you.

  • August update warnings prove overblown

    Posted on August 19th, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    Recent headlines might make you think we’re deep into a Windows-patching panic.

    The buzz centered on August’s Windows updates — specifically, more fixes for the ongoing Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) threat, aka BlueKeep. But the predictions of doom were, as usual, well off course.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.29.0 (2019-08-19).

  • Wrapping up July Windows and Office updates

    Posted on July 29th, 2019 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    For those of us who live in the slightly toasty northern part of the world (and by toasty, I mean cooking!), it’s almost too hot to sit at a keyboard and deal with July’s patches. Almost.

    We humans might suffer in the hot weather, but it can be just as challenging to our digital devices, as noted in a related article. According to the report, Apple recommends keeping Macs and iPhones at operating temperatures under 95° F — but our Windows machines hate excessive heat, too.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.28.0 (2019-07-29).

  • July updates come with a few warts

    Posted on July 15th, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    This month’s Windows and Office updates are settling in without raising any major alarms. But it’s still early, and caution dictates deferring the patches for another week or so.

    July’s updates do fix a couple of issues from previous months: the IE/Power BI conflict and the Event Viewer error message — both of which impacted just a small number of Windows users.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.26.0 (2019-07-15).

  • Putting June’s updates behind us

    Posted on July 1st, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    Spring has given way to summer in the northern hemisphere. For those of us enjoying the change in season, let’s not forget some important maintenance on our Windows systems. It’s time to deal with June updates.

    Along with the usual patches, Microsoft posted standalone updates for Win7 and Win8.1 to fix Viewer Console crashes when you open custom views (more info). The patches are available only through Microsoft Update Catalog and, in any case, the chances are good most of us won’t be impacted. My home and office systems successfully swallowed the June updates with no ill effects.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.24.0 (2019-07-01).