Susan Bradley

Contributing Writer

Susan Bradley has been patching since before the Code Red/Nimda days and remembers exactly where she was when SQL slammer hit (trying to buy something on eBay and wondering why the Internet was so slow). She writes the Patch Watch column for Askwoody.com, is a moderator on the PatchManagement.org listserve, and writes a column of Windows security tips for CSOonline.com. In real life, she’s the IT wrangler at her firm, Tamiyasu, Smith, Horn and Braun, where she manages a fleet of Windows servers, Microsoft 365 deployments, Azure instances, desktops, a few Macs, several iPads, a few Surface devices, several iPhones and tries to keep patches up to date on all of them. In addition, she provides forensic computer investigations for the litigation consulting arm of the firm. She blogs at https://www.askwoody.com/tag/patch-lady-posts/ and is on twitter at @sbsdiva. She lurks on Twitter and Facebook, so if you are on Facebook with her, she really did read what you posted. She has a SANS/GSEC certification in security and prefers Heavy Duty Reynolds wrap for her tinfoil hat.

Microsoft 365 Advanced Audit: What you need to know

The .NET patch failure that wasn’t

The .NET patch failure that wasn’t

This month’s patch updates from Microsoft have caused few problems, and though there were some issues related to .NET, even those have been scattered.

For February, a 'bumpy' Patch Tuesday ride

For February, a 'bumpy' Patch Tuesday ride

A few issues have already cropped up with this month's collection of patches from Microsoft. So, for now, pause updates if you can.

Ahead of Patch Tuesday, a cautionary tale

Ahead of Patch Tuesday, a cautionary tale

As always, the second Tuesday of the month is a big day for Microsoft updates and patches. But even for versions of Windows 10 the company says are business-ready, issues can crop up.

Is it time to install Microsoft’s January updates? (Yes.)

Is it time to install Microsoft’s January updates? (Yes.)

Though there were a few rarified hiccups in last month's batch of patches from Microsoft, most users are good to go to install them.

Decoding Microsoft Defender’s hidden settings

Decoding Microsoft Defender’s hidden settings

Though many Windows 10 users opt for third-party antivirus protection, those who use Microsoft Defender may not be getting all of the protection they could. Here’s how to check your settings and what to change.

For Microsoft’s January patches, no all-clear (yet)

For Microsoft’s January patches, no all-clear (yet)

In particular, KB4535680 could cause headaches for users running HyperV servers with hosted virtual machines.

The first Patch Tuesday of '21; time to delay updates

The first Patch Tuesday of '21; time to delay updates

Though most users should be ok with the latest round of patches from Microsoft, it's still prudent to delay installing them for a bit to make sure there are no problems.

SolarWinds, Solorigate, and what it means for Windows updates

SolarWinds, Solorigate, and what it means for Windows updates

The recent SolarWinds attack raised serious questions about how safe companies (and government agencies) are when OS or software updates roll out. Since Microsoft was also hit, it’s important to understand what happened.

The end-of-the-year patching all-clear

The end-of-the-year patching all-clear

As 2020 slips away and '21 comes into view, it's time to get Microsoft's latest patches installed, and maybe do a little DIY upgrades on your hardware.

The patching conundrum: When is good enough good enough?

The patching conundrum: When is good enough good enough?

Patches and updates are designed to fix problems, not cause them. But sometimes a few users still get bitten. When that happens, what do you do — avoid, delay or dive in anyway?

2020: A look back at patching and the pandemic

2020: A look back at patching and the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things in the tech world, not the least of which was Microsoft's patching processes. Here's a look at a few highlights to keep in mind as we head toward 2021.

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