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Patch Tuesday is tomorrow. Get your system locked down.


Patch Tuesday arrives tomorrow, April 14, later in the month than usual. Microsoft has had a truly wretched series of patches going out the chute on Patch Tuesdays. 

In spite of what you’ve read and all those Chicken Little cries of impending doom, we haven’t seen a single bonafide emergency security patch in more than a year.

To be sure, we’ve seen a bunch of dire warnings that simply never came true. We’ve also seen more than our fair share of buggy patches. Don’t believe it? Here’s a detailed list going back almost three years.

We see the same pattern, over and over again. Microsoft releases patches that aren’t adequately tested. Screams of pain ensue. Microsoft fixes some of the patches, doesn’t fix others. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. 

There’s a simple solution. Just avoid knee-jerk automatic updating, wait, and see what happens while crowdsourced beta testing runs its course.

You have to patch sooner or later. But it’s foolish to put yourself in the front lines.

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