Archive

Archive for the ‘windows update’ Category

Keep Microsoft software up to date — and everything else too

September 14th, 2016 No comments

Many of the CIOs and CISOs that I talk to, have, over time, developed mature vulnerability assessment methodologies and security updating processes. But frequently, I find that the focus of these processes is squarely on keeping Microsoft operating systems and browsers up to date. Of course vulnerabilities in popular operating systems or browsers have the potential to affect a broad audience. Another reason for this focus is that Microsoft has made updating relatively easy by offering updates via Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and via various tools like Windows Server Update Services and others.

But data from our latest Security Intelligence Report suggests that customers need to keep all of their software up-to-date, not just Microsoft software.

In the last half of 2015 there were nearly 3,300 vulnerability disclosures across the industry, of which 305 were in Microsoft products. With more than 90 percent of reported vulnerabilities occurring outside the Microsoft portfolio, organizations need to monitor their entire technology stack to minimize their risk.

Microsoft products accounted for less than 10 percent of industrywide vulnerabilities in the second half of 2015.

Microsoft products accounted for less than 10 percent of industrywide vulnerabilities in the second half of 2015.

This is consistent with previous years as well. The software industry worldwide includes thousands of vendors, and historically, vulnerabilities for Microsoft software have accounted for between three and ten percent of disclosures in any six-month period.

To find out what’s happening in the world of software vulnerabilities across your IT environment, take some time to review our latest Security Intelligence Report and the information available through the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the U.S. government’s repository of standards-based vulnerability management data. And for a high-level look at the top ten trends and stats that matter most to security professionals right now, be sure and download our 2016 Trends in Cybersecurity e-book.

Get advance notice about August 2014 security updates

August 7th, 2014 No comments

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the August security updates.

If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case, you’ll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it.

In Windows 8, Windows will turn on automatic updating during setup unless you choose to turn it off. To check this setting and turn on automatic updating, open the Search charm, enter Turn automatic updating on or off, and tap or click Settings to find it. 

Learn how to install Windows Updates in Windows 7.

If you are a technical professional

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to enable customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates.

Sign up for security notifications

Get advance notice about July 2014 security updates

July 3rd, 2014 No comments

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the July security updates.

If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case, you’ll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it.

In Windows 8, Windows will turn on automatic updating during setup unless you choose to turn it off. To check this setting and turn on automatic updating, open the Search charm, enter Turn automatic updating on or off, and tap or click Settings to find it. 

Learn how to install Windows Updates in Windows 7.

If you are a technical professional

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to enable customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates.

Sign up for security notifications

Windows XP registry hack will not protect your PC against all threats

July 1st, 2014 No comments

In April, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. This means that if your computer is still running Windows XP, you are no longer receiving security updates.

Several tech news sources have recently reported a change that you can make to your Windows registry (known as a “registry hack”) that tells your Windows XP computer that it’s running Windows Embedded or Windows Server 2003.

Although this hack might allow your Windows XP computer to receive automatic updates, these updates will not fully protect your Windows XP computer. And because these updates are not intended for Windows XP, they might also cause your computer to stop working correctly.

If you are running Windows XP, the best way to protect your computer is to upgrade to a modern operating system, like Windows 8.1.

Learn more about your options if your computer is still running Windows XP

Don’t forget to update all software

June 24th, 2014 No comments

If you’re signed up for automatic updating (and we hope that you are), you’ll get all the security updates for your operating system and other Microsoft software such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Excel, and more.

Note: If you have a Windows Phone, you can adjust the settings to get automatic updates.

What about non-Microsoft software?

To help keep your computer secure and running smoothly, you’ll need to update not just your Microsoft software, but all of your other software too. That includes software that came with your computer, as well as apps, programs, and other software that you downloaded yourself.

Most  software should:

  • Update itself automatically, or
  • Notify you when an update is available so that you can decide whether you want to install it.

It’s a good idea to go through all your software and look for a “Check for updates” option in one of the menus. For example, you can update Adobe Reader by going to Help > Check for updates.

Learn more about how to get security updates automatically and find out what to do if your updates don’t install.

Get security updates for June 2014

June 10th, 2014 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

Skip the details and check for the latest updates.

This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, and other programs.

To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

Get advance notice about June 2014 security updates

June 5th, 2014 No comments

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the June security updates.

If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case, you’ll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it.

In Windows 8, Windows will turn on automatic updating during setup unless you choose to turn it off. To check this setting and turn on automatic updating, open the Search charm, enter Turn automatic updating on or off, and tap or click Settings to find it. 

Learn how to install Windows Updates in Windows 7.

If you are a technical professional

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to enable customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates.

Sign up for security notifications

Get security updates for May 2014

May 13th, 2014 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

Skip the details and check for the latest updates.

This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, and other programs.

To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

Get the latest version of Internet Explorer

April 24th, 2014 No comments

Microsoft released an updated version of Internet Explorer this month, and it’s available as a free download on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 8.1. To increase your security and privacy, it’s important that you use the latest version of any software, but especially your web browser. This new version of Internet Explorer also includes new features that make it easier to browse the web on a variety of devices.

Learn more at the Internet Explorer blog.

If you have automatic updating turned on, you already have the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Learn how to get updates like this one, as well as security updates for all your Microsoft software automatically.

Get the latest security updates and find out what to do if your computer is running Windows XP

April 8th, 2014 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates to help protect your PC.)

More information

Get security updates for March 2014

March 11th, 2014 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

Skip the details and check for the latest updates.

This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Microsoft Word, and other programs.

To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

Get advance notice about December 2013 security updates

December 5th, 2013 No comments

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the December security updates.

If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case, you’ll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it.

In Windows 8, Windows will turn on automatic updating during setup unless you choose to turn it off. To check this setting and turn on automatic updating, open the Search charm, enter Turn automatic updating on or off, and tap or click Settings to find it. 

For other versions of Windows, you can check whether automatic updating is turned on through the Microsoft Update website. This will open Windows Update in Control Panel; if automatic updating is not turned on, you’ll be guided through the steps to set it up. After that, all the latest security and performance improvements will be installed on your PC quickly and reliably.

If you are a technical professional

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to enable customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates.

Sign up for security notifications

Get security updates for November 2013

November 12th, 2013 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

Skip the details and check for the latest updates.

This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other programs.

To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

Check security settings in Windows Vista

September 3rd, 2013 No comments

The newest version of Windows is Windows 8, but we know that many of you still use Windows Vista.

The best way to ensure that Windows Vista is as secure as it can be is to use the Windows Security Center, which is built into Windows Vista.

The Windows Security Center can help you check the status of several security features on your computer, including firewall settings, Windows automatic updating, anti-malware software settings, Internet security settings, and User Account Control settings.

To get to the Window Security Center, click the Start button , click Control Panel, click Security, and then click Security Center. If Windows detects a problem (for example, if your antivirus program is out of date), Security Center displays a notification and places a Security Center icon  in the notification area. Click the notification or double-click the Security Center icon to open Security Center and get information about how to fix the problem.

Download Microsoft Security Essentials

Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender to help protect your PC from viruses and other kinds of malware.

For Windows Vista, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials to help guard against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Get more security information for Windows Vista

What do I do if my updates don’t install?

August 15th, 2013 No comments

The easiest way to get security updates automatically is to go to the Microsoft Update website and make sure that you have automatic updating turned on.

Microsoft Update provides very important updates for performance and security. If you have automatic updating turned on and it isn’t working, you will see a warning message if an update can’t be installed.

To troubleshoot Microsoft Update in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

If your computer is running Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP and your updates don’t install, you can use the Windows Update troubleshooter to find and fix problems. To open the troubleshooter:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. In the search box, type Troubleshooter.
  3. In the results list, click Find and fix problems.
  4. Under System and Security, click Fix problems with Windows Update.

To troubleshoot Microsoft Update in Windows 8

Windows 8 has an automatic troubleshooter that can fix some common problems with Windows Update. To open the troubleshooter:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.
  2. In the search box, type Troubleshooting.
  3. Tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Troubleshooting.
  4. Under System and Security, tap or click Fix problems with Windows Update.

Learn more about how to get security updates automatically.

For more information about troubleshooting problems with Windows Update in Windows 8, see Troubleshoot problems with installing updates.

Get security updates for July 2013

July 9th, 2013 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

Skip the details and go to Microsoft Update to download the latest updates.

This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other programs.

To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

Support for Windows XP ends in April 2014

April 30th, 2013 No comments

After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates for Windows XP SP3.

Learn about upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

The Microsoft Support Lifecycle provides consistent, predictable guidelines for product support availability when a product releases and throughout that product’s life.

Windows and Office products receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support) at the supported service pack level.

Get more information about what end of support means for you

Get advance notice about the April 2013 security updates

April 4th, 2013 No comments

Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the April security updates. On Tuesday, April 9 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 9 bulletins.

The easiest way to get the updates when they’re available is to turn on Windows automatic updating. You can also go directly to Windows Update.

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to allow customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates.

Advanced Notification includes information about:

  • The number of new security updates being released
  • The software affected
  • Severity levels of vulnerabilities
  • Information about any detection tools relevant to the updates

Get security updates for March 2013

March 12th, 2013 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

This bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates.

Download the March security updates

Watch a video about the updates

To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

Get security updates for March 2013

March 12th, 2013 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

This bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates.

Download the March security updates

Watch a video about the updates

To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter.