Microsoft Patch Tuesday ... A patch for everyone!

This year is the 10th anniversary of "Patch Tuesday".  Microsoft releases patches on a scheduled basis to help  IT staff and users keep their software up to date.  This last scheduled patch set for 2013 is a great opportunity to give yourself and those around you the gift updated software!  Microsoft will release their patches this Tuesday the 10th.  Make sure that your machines are patched and updated.  Sophos Naked Security Blog has a nice post on this months updates: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/12/08/microsoft-patch-tuesday-get-ready-to-patch-and-reboot-the-lot-including-server-core/

Quoting from Sophos:

By the way, this month really is an omnibus (a Latin word meaning "for everyone") update. All platforms are affected, from XP to 8.1 and from Server 2003 to 2012, including installs of the stripped-down Server Core variants. In addition, this month's Internet Explorer update covers the whole product range, from IE 6 to IE 11.

In short: plan to patch (and to reboot) every Windows-based computer and virtual machine in your business, no later than at the earliest opportunity.

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RJF

CrashPlan backup for you and your family

In the quest for small business and personal backup there are many choices.  Depending upon the problem set Crashplan provides something different to help keep our systems backed up.  Crashplan software can run in three modes.  Backup to a local drive, backup to their Internet based servers or backup to another computer or a friends computer.  What is nice about this solution you can backup to other drives and other computers for no cost.  Each family member can have a drive and the system will backup over the internet between the different computers.  The data is encrypted before it leaves your computer so that it is reasonably safe being stored outside of your office or home.  You can simply have local and offsite backup for your MAC or PC using one software package. Crashplan also has their "+"  and "pro" services where you also backup to their servers for a "nominal".  Depending upon your personal or business needs this service is very valuable.

 

 

-RJF