Linked by Alcibiades on Wed 4th Jan 2006 18:04 UTC
Windows Like a lot of people who have worked in the business, I find myself in conversations about computer security with people who are having problems or know people who have problems. I wrote this to save me from explaining the same thing over and over again to different people, and to save them the trouble of having to make notes as we talked. It was meant to be something you could give to a 'naive user' and have them be able to read and follow it more or less unaided, and while not being a complete guide, at least be something that made them more secure than before they got it.
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Windows Update
by pureza on Wed 4th Jan 2006 19:19 UTC
pureza
Member since:
2005-07-06

I keep telling this to everyone who complains about virus and the bloat of some anti-virus: use Windows Update. Most of the exploits are fixed before they get exploited. Remember msblast, whose fix was available 1 month before the virus started to emerge.

In about 6 years using the Internet daily (most of the time in Windows) I have never been infected from a single virus, except one day I actually reinstalled Windows and forgot to enable the firewall before going to Windows Update.

I keep telling this. Nobody believes me, though.

Anyway, nice article. Follow its instructions and you will be ok.

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RE: Windows Update
by Tom K on Wed 4th Jan 2006 19:31 in reply to "Windows Update"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

Good thing for you, 2K and XP have automatic updates. ;) Just set it up to automatically download and install updates at a time you KNOW their computer will be on, and no more problems.

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RE[2]: Windows Update
by Windows Sucks on Wed 4th Jan 2006 20:06 in reply to "RE: Windows Update"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Hummmmm, problem with that is what do you do (Like now with Microsoft Security Advisory 912840) when there is no patch?

Unplug the thing or pray you don't get jacked? LOL!

Good luck!

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