Goodbye Windows 7 & Security Information

Important Security Information

I know, I know, you are saying “this is usually a scam!”  But I’m not going to ask you for money and, no, there’s no number to call. 

If you have Windows 10 you should be aware of an important security issue that affects the security of https (Secure Socket Layer) connections.  Today (January 14th), Microsoft posted an important security bulletin, severe enough for the the National Security Agency (NSA) to actually disclose first.  This announcement is a first for the NSA.  This security issue affects some (not all) Windows 10 users.

The Quick Details

The bug is in Windows’ mechanism for confirming the legitimacy of software or establishing secure web connections. If the verification check itself isn’t trustworthy, attackers can exploit that fact to remotely distribute malware or intercept sensitive data.wired.com

What You Should Do

Run your Windows Update if it hasn’t run today.  Virus Scan programs aren’t equipped to protect users from this issue, so you can protect your computer by updating this now.  It takes 2 minutes!

  1. In the Windows 10 search at the bottom left of your screen type “update.”
  2. Click on “Check For Updates.”
  3. Click “Check For Updates” again and let it work.
  4. Restart your computer when prompted afterwards.
  5. That’s all!  Your safe now. 🙂 (for now)

If you want the nitty gritty, the security update is included in 2020-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64-based Systems (KB4528760)”

Published Jan. 14, 2020 by Mark McGinnis

 

Goodbye Windows 7

Published Jan. 14, 2020 by Mark McGinnis

Today’s the day that Microsoft has been preparing us for.  Preparing us by trying to sell us a new computer that is!

But buying a new computer isn’t what most of us have done. The people I talk to are just upgrading to Windows 10–for FREE!  (That’s a $139 savings!) Over the last few weeks I have been helping people people upgrade and it’s been a smooth transition.

What’s the big deal about today, anyways?  Well, starting tomorrow, Microsoft is no longer providing updates for Windows 7.  This means that any security patches and driver updates will no longer be sent to these computers.  If you’re concerned about security, this is kind of a big deal.

Is it worth the risk?  It might be.  If you don’t do any online banking, send any sensitive information such as credit cards or social security numbers via websites, or send emails with private information, you may be okay without an upgrade.

For most of us, though, upgrading is worth it!  You can do this yourself for free with just a little computer know-how.  You can also have us help.  Either way, there is only a slight learning curve we can explain to you in 15 minutes or less.

Save $129+ by upgrading now!  Right now (as of today), Microsoft is still letting this upgrade go for free by downloading it from their website.  But it’s also being sold on Amazon for $129+ and on their site for $139 and up!  So why would you purchase it, then?  We’re really not sure.  When you download the free upgrade, it will give you a new Windows License (confirmed by running a license scraping program like Belarc Advisor). BaBoom!  No need to buy it–for now anyway.  There’s no indication on whether this free upgrade will continue or not.

Here’s the link to download it for free on Microsoft’s website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

 

 

Windows Update Rolls Out Today

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Microsoft is kicking off the official rollout of Windows 10 1909, the Windows 10 November 2019 feature update today, November 12. The timing isn’t surprising, given today is Patch Tuesday, which tends to be when Microsoft commences new feature update rollouts these days.

As it did with Windows 10 1903, the May 2019 Update, Microsoft first rolled out its 1909 feature update to developers about a month ahead of today’s commercial launch. In mid-October, Microsoft made the 1909 client and server ISOs available to developers on MSDN.

Today, Microsoft is starting to make 1909 (Build 18363.418) available to “seekers,” meaning those who proactively go to Windows Update, check for updates and subsequently opt to download it immediately. As it has been doing with recent updates, Microsoft will be throttling delivery, providing the new feature update over the next few weeks to users with devices that Microsoft has deemed most likely to accommodate the 1909 feature update successfully.

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