Apple®’s iOS 7 Already Needs Patching for Security Flaws and Bugs

Microsoft™ isn’t the only software vendor that’s getting some bad PR lately.  Apple’s latest and greatest iteration of its iPhone operating system, which is featured on the new iPhone 5s and 5c models, was released just last week, but it was almost immediately plagued with rumors of security flaws and other bugs. This didn’t deter […]

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Play It Again, Microsoft®: Yet another Patch Problem Rears Its Head

Microsoft just can’t seem to catch a break lately in regard to its Patch Tuesday updates. This month, the company released a slew of patches for the various Office programs, but there have been ongoing problems even after one of those patches was pulled.

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Not Again! Problems with Office Patches

Patch Tuesday hasn’t been going so well lately. Last month, Microsoft had to recall patches that caused problems with Exchange and ADFS. This month, Microsoft issued a number of patches designed to fix security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office programs, but one has been pulled and there are still problems being reported with some of the […]

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September Patch Tuesday

We’re kicking off the Patch Central blog with a fairly hefty Patch Tuesday from Microsoft. This month brings us fourteen security bulletins, half of which pertain to Microsoft Office. The good news is that those who are using the latest version, Office 2013, aren’t affected by most them; all but one of the vulnerabilities that […]

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The End of Patching is in Sight for Windows® XP

You can’t claim you didn’t have plenty of warning: Microsoft™ announced way back in 2011 that the end of extended support for Windows XP would come in 2014. Full mainstream support ended in 2009, but security updates have kept on coming. Even so, according to a recent IDC study, XP gets 27 percent more virus […]

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Welcome to Patch Central!

In the wake of Patch Tuesday each month, when Microsoft®  releases its regular security updates, there is no shortage of blog posts about the latest fixes. Unfortunately, many of those posts are little more than a list of MS and KB numbers and a regurgitation of the security bulletin titles taken from Microsoft’s website. As […]

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Critical Patch Recall: Updates Cause Problems with Exchange and ADFS

Microsoft® released eight updates to address 23 vulnerabilities, but within hours, serious problems were emerging. The software update process is intended to make systems more secure and head off potential problems for users and admins but as with anything else that gets done in a hurry, sometimes those good intentions go awry. That’s what happened […]

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Windows® 8.1: Is it Enough to Drive Enterprise Adoption?

Some of my fellow “oldies but goodies” may remember a family sitcom from the late 1970s called “Eight is Enough.” Unfortunately for Microsoft™, that adage hasn’t proven true in regard to their latest operating system. After a wave of enthusiasm from testers and some rave reviews from pundits during the beta period, Windows 8 more […]

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Is IT too Important to Be Trusted to IT Pros?

You didn’t always have to go to medical school and get a license from the state to practice medicine. The first licensing laws in the U.S. were passed in the 1800s but then repealed in most states, and many states had never passed licensure laws by 1850. Aspiring physicians could apprentice with practicing doctors until […]

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The Endpoint Is a Moving Target

Once upon a time, when we talked about securing our networks from edge to endpoint, both ends of that route were pretty easy to define. Now not only has the perimeter blurred and blended so that it’s hard to determine where the local network begins, but the endpoint, too, has changed in nature. It’s no […]

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