ISV support of patches

Yesterday during a discussion I was having with some customers in Taiwan another chat I had with an MVP a month or so ago came back to mind. The question asked was about Independent Software Vendor (ISV, i.e. “not Microsoft”) support of Microsoft patches for the OS. Specifically, how long is it reasonable to take…

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Disable that Pesky Built-in Administrator Account!

I’m working on an FAQ for passwords right now. Look for it in the Security Newsletter next month (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/secnews/newsletter.htm). However, one thing that has come up more than a few times in the recent past is what to do with the built-in Administrator account. I’m not sure that it fits in the framework of passwords…

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Curious about SMB message signing?

Or just want to know how to shoot yourself in the foot? SMB Message Signing is one of Microsoft’s top support call generators, and for good reason. It mitigates valid security threats, but is very complicated to use and can have far-reaching implications on the stability and functionality of your network. To help people figure…

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Security sins in computer products

So I got a new wireless router for my house today and was absolutely appalled at the way they have treated security in the thing. Now, this is not unique at all. I have tried most of the other common home routers as well, and they all sin in about the same ways. Frankly, I have…

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