Microsoft Patch Tuesday

 In News and Events, Tech Tuesday

patch tuesDid you know that the second Tuesday of each month is known in I.T. circles as “Patch Tuesday”?

It is the one day each month that Microsoft releases security patches for all it’s operating systems.

Keeping your windows PC or server “fully patched” is one of the most straight forward and effective ways of keeping business PCs clean and secure. It ensures you have the latest fixes to all know issues and exploits available to the bad guys.

Check your “Windows Update” setting in the “Control Panel” to make sure all computers are downloading and running the latest updates from Microsoft on a regular basis. For businesses with lots of PCs there are options to have your server control all this too – talk to your I.T. guys about WSUS if you’re not sure.

“Patch Tuesday” takes place in the US, meaning it is effectively “Patch Wednesday” in Australia. By the time your PCs or Servers have downloaded all the patches and reminded you to install them it will most likely be Thursday morning.


So look out for the little yellow shield icon in the system tray – next to the time in the bottom right corner, and when it appears, double click it and install all the important updates. There are usually a dozen or so important updates and beware, your PC or Server usually needs a restart after this.

 

You can read all about Patch Tuesday here...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patch_Tuesday

 

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