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Microsoft distributes Windows Server 2016 update 14393.729 via hotfix

KB 4010672 brings Server 2016 machines up to build 14393.729. Like the last cumulative update preview, it’s fully documented and only available in the Update Catalog

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Better security through obscurity? Think again

Hackers may not target obscure apps as often as popular software, but your systems still won't be much safer

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Kudos to Microsoft for using new way to distribute Windows 10 update KB 3216755

The latest cumulative update is only available in the Update Catalog. Let's hope it's a blueprint for patches to come

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Oracle patches raft of vulnerabilities in business applications

The company's quarterly patch update includes a total of 270 security fixes for many products

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December Windows security patches crash Active Directory Admin Center

The bad patches include Windows 7 security-only KB 3205394 and Windows 10 cumulative updates KB 3206632, KB 3205386

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Time to update Windows and Office

Now that the dust has settled on December’s patches, it's a good time to get caught up

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Don't install this Windows patch: Intel System 8/19/2016 12:00:00 AM 10.1.2.80

Here are the details on the undocumented patch that mysteriously appeared yesterday

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Microsoft sneaks out undocumented hotfix for Windows 10, build 14393.577

The hotfix, disguised as a manual download-only cumulative update, addresses the VMM bug in this month’s cumulative update for Windows 10

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Apple's MacOS file encryption easily bypassed without the latest fixes

Custom-made Thunderbolt devices can be used to extract the encryption password from locked Macs

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Say good-bye to Microsoft security bulletins

It’s still too early to install the latest patches for Win7, 8.1, and Office, but next month things will get less complicated

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Windows 10 1607 patch KB 3206632 solves ‘dropped internet connection’ bug

Microsoft releases a fix for last week’s mysterious 'Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration' bug, but other problems persist

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Netgear starts patching routers affected by a critical flaw

The company has identified eight affected models so far and has released beta firmware updates

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Too many contractors spoil the business

Contractors have their uses, but companies that opt for them by default lose the valuable institutional knowledge that permanent employees can bring

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Microsoft fixes Windows 7 'Group B' security-only patching method

Great news: TechNet blog eschews fixing Win7/8.1 security-only bugs with monthly rollup patches

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Flash Player remains target of choice for exploit kits

A recent report finds that six of the top 10 vulnerabilities target Flash Player as cybercriminals take advantage of irregular and slow patching schedules

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Microsoft releases nonsecurity patches for Office 2016, 2013, Click-to-Run

After a bobbling start, the patches are available in Windows Update and WSUS

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The time is right to update Windows and Office

If you've been blocking automatic updates, the coast is now reasonably clear to apply Microsoft’s November patches

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Woody’s Win10Tip: Apply updates carefully

When it’s time to apply Windows 10 cumulative updates, there’s an art to getting them right

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