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I wanted to pose this question out to everybody who uses Windows . . . do you remember the very first time you started using it?  Was it Windows 3.1 or perhaps Windows 95?  Maybe for the younger crowd was it Windows Vista or XP?  For me, it was Windows 3.1.

I was actually taken aback by it at the time, and I was just amazed as to how it worked.  I guess the logic and all of the GUIs that were involved with it just sparked in my interest.

I then migrated over to Windows ’95 I think in my grad school days at BGSU.  All I distinctly remember at the time was all of the fanfare behind it, especially with all of the TV commercials playing that ever so famous song by the Rolling Stones called “Start Me Up.”  At that time also, in the networking world, it was Windows NT.

Then we know it  was  Windows XP, Vista, then finally all of the single digit versions until we have today what is known as Windows 10.  My favorite OSs were probably once again 3.1 and XP, with more preference given to the latter.

Why this one?  Well, it was easy for me to use, and the directory structure that was built into it made total logical sense.

For me, it was very easy to find the files that I specifically needed.  Also, installing the various upgrades and the patches were a piece of cake.  At the time, Microsoft made it clear what patches were being made available, and what specifically it was fixing.  Now on my computer, as pretty much everybody else has, I have Windows 10.

To be honest, I am not at all impressed with this OS, I think personally it is difficult to find where you want to go, especially with the networking and the WiFi related stuff.  My computer used to work fine with the WiFi up until last year, when I downloaded some patches.

It totally screwed up my networking card, and as a result, I had to get an external network interface.  This works, but I still have problems with the WiFi interface.

Probably the one thing I despise most about Windows 10 are the automatic downloads of the software patches and upgrades.  There is no control whatsoever in downloading them.  It just seems like to me that Windows will just download them, whenever, especially when I am in the middle of a writing project.  Not only that, but the whole process takes a long time.  Last round of updates took nearly an hour.

With all this being said, Microsoft has just announced its latest round of patches for this month of July.  These upgrades and patches are supposed fix 53 security vulnerabilities (OUCH) that affect the following components:

  • Windows
  • Internet Explorer (IE);
  • Edge;
  • ChakraCore;
  • .NET Framework;
  • NET;
  • PowerShell;
  • Visual Studio;
  • Microsoft Office;
  • Office Services;
  • Adobe Flash Player.

Out of these 53 known vulnerabilities, 17 of them are rated as “critical”, 34 of them as “important”, 1 as “moderate”, and 1 as “low” in terms of the degree of severity.  Cyber researchers have noted that most of the critical issues are memory corruption flaws in IE, Edge browser and the Chakra scripting engine.  Although these may seem to be irrelevant to the every day user like you and me, they do have a strong relevance to the Cyber attacker.

For example, “If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”  (SOURCE:  https://thehackernews.com/2018/07/microsoft-security-patch-update.html)

This a direct quote from Microsoft, and it explains it all.  Glad that they are at least have recognized the vulnerability, and are attempting to fix with these upgrades.  But, with the Power Shell Editor, a Cyber attacker, at the present time could easily infect with malware, most probably with a Trojan Horse.

Also, for those of us out there whom are dependent upon Adobe products, Microsoft has released an article about security patches 112 known vulnerabilities in those products (again, OUCH!!!).  That article can be seen here:

https://thehackernews.com/2018/07/adobe-patch-update-july.html

Finally of course, your Windows 10 OS will download and apply these patches automatically for you, or f you prefer, you can do them manually as well, by doing the following:

*Go to Settings;

*Go to Update and Security;

*Go to Windows Update;

From here, you can then check for the updates, and install them manually.  But if it were me, I would just have them downloaded automatically, as annoying as it is.

Happy patching!!!