Internet Explorer Zero Day & Defender bug Exploit

For those of you that may not be aware of this, Microsoft has released an out-of-band (OOB) update aimed at fixing vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Defender.  According to ZDNet.com, the IE update will have to be applied manually whereas Windows Defender will receive it automatically.

My takeaway from this article (found here) is whether this truly warranted Microsoft going out of their way to publish this separately and not as a part of Patch Tuesday.  After all, Internet Explorer has an approximate market share of less than 2% worldwide as cited in the article but then again I wonder what percentage of those utilizing the legacy browser are machines currently being used by governments or other high level entities across the world…food for thought!

Voting Machines running Windows 7?!?!

Great news everyone!  Microsoft has decided that they will ensure whatever voting machines running the soon to be obsolete Windows 7 will receive security updates about a year after it reaches end of life status.

If you can “read” the sarcasm in the previous paragraph , I promise that I really tried to hide it.  Please tell me how the fuck the richest country in the world can allow for an operating system on the verge of obsolescence is to be trusted to run on voting machines that are spread throughout the country.  Oh yeah, Microsoft and the US government will try to spin this as a positive but the reality is that they should have been replaced, removed, burned, torched, annihilated, etc. a long time ago.

Let’s wake up America…there is absolutely no reason why we cannot take care of this like RIGHT NOW!!!

Read more about this here!

 

Microsoft Exchange 2010

Interesting announcement from Microsoft in that they stated they will extend the end of support date for Exchange Server 2010 from the original January 14, 2020 date to October 13, 2020.

Microsoft provides this as a reason for extending support for this Server product:

Our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our customers is as strong as ever, and we recognize discontinuing support for a product that has been as popular and reliable as Exchange Server 2010 can be an adjustment.  We also know that some of you are in the midst of upgrades to a newer version of Exchange Server on-premises, or more transformative migrations to the cloud with Office 365 and Exchange Online. With this in mind, we are extending end of support to October 13th 2020 to give Exchange Server 2010 customers more time to complete their migrations. This extension also aligns with the end of support for Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.

Check out the full Tech Community post on Microsoft’s website here for all the details.

Apple’s September Event Recap

When you’re pressed for time for whatever reasons, sometimes you can appreciate someone who has a unique talent of being able to break down and analyze an event while only giving you the info you need…

Shout out to Nathaniel Parker (via Askwoody.com) for his quick, yet detailed breakdown of Apple’s event…

https://www.askwoody.com/2019/parker-apple-announcements-the-bottom-line/

Managing Windows 10 Updates Revised

Over the past couple of years, Ed Bott of ZDNet.com has done an awesome job of breaking down how Windows 10 gets updates which is all a part of Microsoft’s new updating philosophy.  To his credit, he has not hesitated when he feels that past practice has changed to the point that the masses should be notified in “layman’s terms” and not “Microsoft speak”.

This has led to all new recommendations on how to approach the installation of optional updates in Windows 10 resulting from the latest version 1903 release.

Even though I may have posted his original piece in a previous post, check out the most updated one here for the full scoop on what’s recommended from here on out.  That is until Microsoft decides to change things yet again!

Speed up Windows 10

So I had a friend of mine ask earlier this week what could be done to maintain a high level of performance or speed up Windows 10 on his office PCs and rattled off numerous suggestions that could help the cause (i.e. keep installed programs to a minimum, have a good amount of available HDD/SSD space, keeping it free of infections, etc.)

It just so happens that as I’m browsing one of my favorite tech news sites, I come across an article detailing the ways that can help a Windows 10 user speed up their PC.

Check it out here and let me know if you see a difference in performance on your PCs!