Microsoft Zero-Day – DNS Security Patches
On Tuesday, Microsoft released their “October Patch Tuesday” update which patches some severe flaws, including Office Zero-day and DNS attack vulnerabilities. Read the full story here if you want all the gory details.
Therefore, you should make sure your Windows operating system is updated. Most Windows 10 machines will do this automatically, but others may not.
If I have fine tuned your Windows 7 computer, your updates are disabled to guard against broken Windows Updates wreaking havoc with your computer.
Periodically you should follow this procedure to make sure you have the necessary security updates.
- Click on the Start Button
(lower left corner of the screen (Windows Logo)
- Type in “Windows Update”
- Click on the the highlighted result that says “Windows Update”
- Select “Check for Updates” in the upper left quadrant of the window and wait for it to complete.
- Microsoft breaks their updates into 2 categories. Important – and Optional. You only need the Important Updates.
(by default, these are the updates selected for install. If you want the Optional updates you have to manually select them)
- After it comes back with recommendations, click the Install Updates button to proceed.
- This may require a reboot to complete. If so, close all running applications and reboot.