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Every second Tuesday of every month Microsoft Releases a bunch of security updates!  

 
 
 
 What does Patch Tuesday mean? and what does it do for you?
Patch Tuesday is a name used to refer to the second Tuesday of each month, when Microsoft releases fixes for known bugs in the Windows operating system and its related applications. Patch Tuesday was introduced by Microsoft in 2003 as a way of simplifying patch management. Scheduling patch release allows system administrators to plan for the day and install several patches with a single reboot. While Patch Tuesday is reserved for standard bug patches, critical code fixes can be sent out at any time. Administrators sometimes refer to Patch Tuesday as Black Tuesday.
 
Although Patch Tuesday is designed to simplify patch management, sometimes the number of patches released on that one day can be overwhelming if any of them cause system problems. When a number of computers that are connected to the Internet all reboot within a certain period of time, this can also strain a network and lead to outages.
 
Critics of Patch Tuesday also contend that it provides opportunities for hackers, particularly when a security hole has been announced to the public. Because of Patch Tuesday, hackers will know how long they have to exploit the vulnerability before it is repaired.This phenomenon spawned the creation of a related term, Exploit Wednesday, to refer to the day when hackers get to work on unpatched vulnerabilities in Windows.
 
 Are the Updates absolutely necessary   
Although it's perfectly natural to get annoyed by Windows' seemingly endless ‘New updates are available' alerts, it's not a good idea to ignore them. You do so at your own risk.
   

The vast majority of updates (which arrive on your system courtesy of the Windows Update tool) deal with security. Microsoft routinely patches newly discovered holes, adds malware definitions to its Windows Defender and Security Essentials utilities, bolsters Office security, and so on. And don't forget the occasional Windows hotfix, which may address serious issues such as random system lockups. In other words, yes, it's absolutely necessary to update Windows.

   
One thing to remember about Windows Updates though!  
  • Windows 10 updates are cumulative. The monthly security release includes all security fixes for vulnerabilities that affect Windows 10, in addition to non-security updates. The updates are available via the Microsoft Update Catalog.
  • Starting in March 2017, a delta package will be available on the Microsoft Update Catalog for Windows 10 version 1607 and newer. This delta package contains just the delta changes between the previous month and the current release.
  • Updates for Windows RT 8.1 and Microsoft Office RT software are only available via Windows Update.
  • In addition to security changes for the vulnerabilities, updates include defense-in-depth updates to help improve security-related features.
   
 What can I do to make sure my updates are working?  
Start, type Windows Update, and press Enter. (In Windows XP, head to the Control Panel and seek out Windows Update.)
 
Step 2. Next, click the Change Settings option, and choose Install updates automatically. Click OK to finish the process. Now, the only time you'll hear from Windows Update is when it requires a reboot.
 
 
 
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What Abadata does on a daily basis for You!

This week WatchGuard released their Q4 2017 Internet Security Report.  This is a report that gives us at Abadata a great look at what was causing threats in the 4th quarter of last year.  It is important because it provides a look at the entire forest and not the trees so to speak.  It is a general indicator of how effective the bad guys are.  It is also a good report card to see how we were reacting with our security strategy for our clients.  Here are some tidbits from that report along with our strategy…

   

Overall malware attacks grew significantly.  We predicted this at Abadata and had already reacted to it with improvements in the heuristic (behavior based) anti-virus and threat detection & response software that we added.  Our BitDefender and WatchGuard TDR clients were protected.  

   
Nearly half of all malware eluded basic antivirus solutions.  The bad guys are getting better at their game.  The trend has been that signature based antivirus software is becoming ineffective.  It is why we switched our recommendations over a year ago.  That combined with our other security defenses kept our clients’ malware free.
   

There were still a couple of surprises though.  Scripting Attacks account for 48% of the top malware.  The other is that people are still opening the malicious Office documents attached to emails.  The good news here is that Abadata’s clients escaped unscathed in these categories.

   

Overall Abadata attained high marks for protecting our clients.  Our layered, “end to end” strategy is being adapted by more and more IT companies.  Combine that with our choice of products and their interaction we believe we have a winning combination, where traffic is tested before it ever hits the network and is retested until it leaves the network.

   
In our strategy we have already accounted for the large influx of “Internet of Things” (IoT) we have seen in networks and will see plenty more in the coming years.  The trend of IoT will continue to mushroom so the segregated strategy along with the internal controls of the Abadata Security Strategy will be even more valuable to our clients.
   
In the coming months we look forward to strengthening our security offerings further.  Education to end users when they mistakenly click on dangerous links is on the list.  Additional layers to the content filtering strategy has been announced and has a tentative Q3 release.  This is in addition to our WatchGuard Websense content filtering.   Major changes to strengthen our monitoring, remediating and patching offering has been tested and currently on limited roll out.  Finally, (well not really!) we will be opening our new server center for managerial reporting.  This will help our clients see their network traffic and make informed decisions what is happening inside their network.  This will replace the current in-house system.
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Are you looking for a job thats unique?

Do you want to work your own hours?

Do you like meeting people?

And enjoy being your own Boss?

Well, if you answered yes to any of those questions we might be able to wave a magic wand and Abracadabra....!

Abadata is on the look out for "Super Agents" to sell I.T. - our I.T. (Voip phones and more)... (and we can show you how).

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Abadata is on the look out for "Super Agents" to sell I.T. - our I.T. (Voip phones and more)... (and we can show you how).

Location? Well, what area do you live in? We need Agents in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Detroit, Flint, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Midland, Lapeer, Lansing, Port Huron and more.

The successful Agent is always dressed for success, is polite and considerate and very professional. We will give the Agents in training all the materials and training to support this opportunity.

The successful agent will need to have their own car and phone and be self motivated, honest and have integrity.

If you feel you can handle the mission give me a call at Abadata!  989 883 3411 or send your resume and covering to: Lindy click here

Are you an experienced level 2 – 3 Network IT technician and tired of battling with city life and traffic? Then we have the perfect job for you!

Abadata is a rural based Company with customers world wide.
We are looking for a unique individual that has experience in networking and operating systems including Microsoft 2012+ servers. 
Experience in Linux, WatchGuard Firewalls, Cisco (firewalls, switches and routers) and other Networks appliances would be extremely useful. 
If you have experience in an ISP environment consider this a plus (however we are not an ISP).  A+ and Network+ are considered as default
certifications (or equivalent).

You must have transportation which you are reimbursed (very well) for and a cell phone including text messaging capabilities.
Obviously, with the above, discipline goes without a question.

We pay very well, offer bonuses at the end of the year, and after a trial period offer benefits.

Contact: Abadata Computer Corporation
www.abadata.com

Contact: Lindy  - 989 883 3411

(You will also need to download the application for employment form from the Job Opportunities Tab, complete and return to Lindy) 

 

 

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