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.

Email woes gotcha worried? How to fix problems and fend off attacks

When Windows updating goes bad — the case of the problematic patch

When Windows updating goes bad — the case of the problematic patch

To update or not to update, for Windows users that is the monthly question. And with last month's KB5012170, you better get the answer right.

For most users, Windows 11 22H2 doesn’t move the needle

For most users, Windows 11 22H2 doesn’t move the needle

Data from my informal survey shows most Windows 10 users are content with the status quo, and feel no pressure to move to Windows 11 — even with version 22H2 arriving soon.

What excites you about Windows 11? Inquiring minds want to know....

What excites you about Windows 11? Inquiring minds want to know....

With Windows 11 22H2 arriving soon, some users may be ready to make the jump from Windows 10. If so, I want to hear from you.

Windows 11 22H2 arrives soon — are you ready to deploy?

Windows 11 22H2 arrives soon — are you ready to deploy?

The newest version of Windows 11 will be here soon, and if you've got new hardware, deployment shouldn't be a problem. But for Windows 10 users with older PCs, that's not necessarily the case.

Before you know it, Windows 11 22H2 will be here

Before you know it, Windows 11 22H2 will be here

And Windows 10 22H2 will arrive this fall, as well. Are you ready?

As technology evolves, obsolescence is a given

As technology evolves, obsolescence is a given

Remember the old TV show ‘The Jetsons’? How is it that people in the near future never seemed to worry about outdated technology?

For SMBs, Microsoft offers a new layer of server protection

For SMBs, Microsoft offers a new layer of server protection

Microsoft this month unveiled a preview of server protection aimed at small and mid-sized businesses, bundling the added security with Microsoft Defender for Business.

Thinking of an in-place Windows upgrade? Here's how to do it.

Thinking of an in-place Windows upgrade? Here's how to do it.

Not so long ago, IT admins would scorn the use of an in-place upgrade for Windows hardware. But you don't have to do everything from scratch now.

Now’s the time to prep for Microsoft’s Excel macro crackdown

Now’s the time to prep for Microsoft’s Excel macro crackdown

Though Microsoft has backed off earlier plans to block unsafe macros in Excel documents, that change is still coming. Here's what to do now to stay secure.

Think twice before deploying Windows’ Controlled Folder Access

Think twice before deploying Windows’ Controlled Folder Access

The ransomware defense baked into Windows 10 and 11 lets users and admins protect certain folders from “untrusted” apps. But it may block apps you trust, causing frustration and wasted time. Caution is advised.

Time for a mid-year browser security check

Time for a mid-year browser security check

The browser has become central to how almost everyone uses a computer. And it needs to be as secure as possible to fend off attacks. Here's how to do just that.

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