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Windows Owners– Visit Update

Microsoft released yesterday an unscheduled or “out-of-cycle” patch for a highly critical vulnerability that affects all versions of Windows. Security bulletin MS08-067 (patch 958644) was posted to warn of a remote-code attack that could spread wildly across the Internet.

Folks, you want to install this one.

October 24, 2008 Posted by | advice, computers, PC, tech, Windows | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sudden Internet trouble? News alert

Folks–
A large, Internet-wide, multi-vendor patch was released and implemented yesterday to resolve a critical vulnerabilty in the Internet system.
This patching process caused “weird” connectivity issues, hyperlinks seemingly don’t work, and slow connections. If you are suddenly having these issues and/or are unable to connect to the Internet, please don’t uninstall the Microsoft Update.. try these steps first.
1) reboot your PC–twice.
2) reboot your router/WAP
3) If you are running ZoneAlarm free firewall, you must set it to “medium”, or lower.
4) be a little patient.. this process is mostly accomplished, and the quirks should soon pass.

To read more about this disturbing vulnerability in the Web (or see which MS patch is the one affecting you), read: Patched Flaw Could Have Broken Internet Backbone.
(The geekier amongst you might prefer C/Net’s Zero Day Blog version.)

July 9, 2008 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, PC, security, tech, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apple releases 41 patches for Leopard, Flash

Keeping your software patched and up-to-date is a vital part of safe(r) computing these days. I cannot recommend enthusiastically enough that you enable “automatic” updating wherever and whenever it is offered.
A “patch” (aka “update”) closes ‘holes’ (aka “vulnerabilities”) that hackers are “exploiting” to take control of, or plant malware on, (your) machines.

There is an active exploit out there for the Flash player (Those animations on Webpages) that affects anyone who has not disabled Flash– whether you’re running Windows, Mac, or Linux.
If you like having Flash animations, you should visit this page on the Adobe Website which will analyze your version of Flash Player to see if you need to update.

Mac users should visit Apple Update and get these important updates.

Today’s free link: A repeat today, because you really should know about this free tool: the Secunia Software Inspector will scan your machine’s installed programs and determine if they’re out-of-date, or there’s patches missing– and it will help you resolve the problems it finds.

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May 29, 2008 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, how to, PC, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment