Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th May 2017 23:08 UTC
Windows

Troy Hunt hits some nails on their heads:

If you had any version of Windows since Vista running the default Windows Update, you would have had the critical Microsoft Security Bulletin known as "MS17-010" pushed down to your PC and automatically installed. Without doing a thing, when WannaCry came along almost 2 months later, the machine was protected because the exploit it targeted had already been patched. It's because of this essential protection provided by automatic updates that those advocating for disabling the process are being labelled the IT equivalents of anti-vaxxers and whilst I don't fully agree with real world analogies like this, you can certainly see where they're coming from. As with vaccinations, patches protect the host from nasty things that the vast majority of people simply don't understand.

Great article, which also goes into Windows Update itself for a bit.

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Comment by sj87
by sj87 on Tue 16th May 2017 15:57 UTC
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Microsoft needs to fix its update process, otherwise I will always turn it off and help other to do the same should they wish to. It's just nonsensical to have the machine decide it wants to download or install a load of updates whilst you're gaming or watching a movie or whatever. Sure, it's supposed to avoid that automatically, but in practise doesn't.

It should at least give the user a day or two to skip the updates and only then it should be allowed to update the computer behind the user's back.

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