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Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

January 2018 will go down in history as one of the worst patching months in Microsoft’s very checkered history. That isn’t an isolated muck-up. It’s a harbinger. We had a couple of really bad months in 2017 — February and November come immediately to mind — but an unconscionable number of patches left bricked machines and busted programs in their wake.

With the onslaught of February security patches due tomorrow, you should take a few minutes to make sure Microsoft’s problems won’t immediately turn into your problems.

Security luminary Brian Krebs has already reported that we’re in for a potful of patches for February’s Patch Tuesday. His list of ten critical patches due out tomorrow should give you pause.

(By the by — in case you didn’t know — Microsoft sends out a list of its upcoming patches every month, late in the week preceding Patch Tuesday. That list only goes to large installations that pay for the privilege. Theoretically, the list is under NDA, but in actuality everybody passes it around. The list used to be widely and freely available. Now it’s under a pricey fig leaf. Another entry in the “security by obscurity” tradition, with a pecuniary twist.)

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