Microsoft Security – Revamped Security Updates portal coming in FEB 2017

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Microsoft will be revising their Security Bulletins Portal in February to use CVEs and other changes as described below:  https://mcpmag.com/articles/2017/01/17/replacing-security-bulletin-portal-in-february.aspx https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/mt791750.aspx Microsoft will be going live with its new “Security Updates Guide” portal — which will replace the older “Security Bulletins” portal — next month.  The Security Updates Guide is currently accessible as a preview. However, on […]

Microsoft Security Updates – JANUARY 2017

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-jan.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html http://blog.talosintel.com/2017/01/mstues.html Happy New Year to our readers! Today marks the first Patch Tuesday of 2017 with Microsoft releasing their monthly set of bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities. This month’s release is relatively light with 4 bulletins addressing 3 vulnerabilities. Two […]

Windows 10 – Security updates for original version 1507 end on MARCH 26th

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The Windows 10 versioning uses a YYMM format and version 1507 reflects the original JULY 2015 release.  After March 26, 2017, the original release will no longer be updated, as reflected below.  This issue will primarily impact corporate WIN10 versions — as this is the only eligible version, where users can easily turn off updates http://www.zdnet.com/article/reminder-microsoft-to-no-longer-update-original-windows-10-release-after-march-26/ IT […]

Windows 10 – Overall usage reaches 25 percent

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WIN10 usage continues to grow, especially as it comes preloaded on new computers.  However corporate enterprise users are more locked into legacy devices, applications, and desktop management software continue to use WIN7 more extensively.  http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-biggest-barrier-to-windows-10-success-is-still-windows-7/ Windows 10 has made some decent inroads thus far: it now accounts for somewhere around a quarter of PCs accessing […]

Mobile Phones – Bad Batteries root cause for Galaxy Note 7 issues

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Some of manufacturing techniques created a short in both the original and replacement batteries leading to a loss of over $5 billion as the entire product line had to shutdown and recalled.  A new 8 point safety program was instituted to prevent future issues.   http://www.pcmag.com/news/351205/samsung-blames-bad-batteries-for-galaxy-note-7-disaster The Galaxy Note 7 counts as the worst smartphone launch […]


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