Critical Windows update released today

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Microsoft a few hours ago released an unscheduled update for pretty much all versions of Windows. They normally release updates once a month, but today they released an out-of-band updated because of the severity of the attack vector. It’s pretty bad in that it allows someone to gain access to your computer if you have file-sharing enabled. You can read more about it here and here, but the important thing to do is to be sure that you always run Windows Update whenever you get the opportunity to install new patches and fixes. Here’s how to do it.

For Windows XP users
Go to update.microsoft.com and follow the instructions to install all critical, recommended and optional updates.

For Windows Vista users
From your start menu, run “Windows Update” and install all critical, recommended and optional updates.

For Linux users
You can try running “sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade –yes” all you want, but you’re not vulnerable to the attack. Keep spinning the propeller hats.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He is currently community evangelist for Purple Wave in Manhattan, Kansas. Aaron serves as the current president elect for the Kansas Auctioneers Association and in the past has served on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote and instructed the ATS designation course from NAA. He currently instructs the Internet Auction Methods course offered by the NAA. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, Enter: The Wind, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.