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

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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If we're going to make crazy comparisons
by emphyrio on Tue 16th May 2017 08:50 UTC
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then microsofts attempts to force windows 10 down your throat can be compared to this cia operation which used fake vaccinations.

Microsoft demonstrating that their patches do not have security as their primary concern gave some very good reasons to be suspicious of their update policy; blaming people for that is silly.

Edited 2017-05-16 08:58 UTC

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CaptainN- Member since:

MS deserves a lot of blame for the problems in Windows - oh come on - MS deserves it all - it's their baby.

It's a weird thing to be both a fan of Windows, and complain about the Windows 10 update thing, and complain about people who don't update their OS - which again, is Microsoft's fault. They make the experience excruciating - there's no reason it should take that long or require so much user input. (and why does it take so long to re-install a printer driver when you simply plug the printer into a different USB port - what a pile of crapware)

I switched to OSX years ago and while it has some quirks, in general I don't spend much time pondering the operating system, or this and that. It mostly just works, and I get to be more productive. I'm not sure why people stay on Windows at this point (I mean, I do know why - initial sticker price - some people know the price of everything and the value of nothing, or maybe "buy for price buy twice" applies).

The good news is people are moving more and more to Android and Chrome OS, which are much safer for them than Windows, which no one seems to be able to keep running.

Edited 2017-05-16 21:24 UTC

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:

apparently you have not installed or updated a windows 10 machine. It is easier than dealing with OS X.

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