👍 #847 - Should I Avoid Windows Update? It Burned Me
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Windows Update gets a bad rap.
Yes, it's not perfect, and it periodically makes headlines when it breaks something. The thing is, the headlines are out of proportion to the pragmatic impact: it works, and works well for the vast majority of people.
Nonetheless if you are one of those who's been burned by Windows Update it's understandable you might feel otherwise. Strongly.
Should I Avoid Windows Update? It Burned Me discusses the best way to protect yourself.
Also this week:
- A couple settings in Windows File Explorer, including one that I feel you MUST change from its default.
- You used to be able to get malware from just looking at an email. The key phrase there is "used to be".
- One of the applications I rely on changed and broke an important workflow. I had to take my own advice.
Well, this week's podcast was fun, for me at least. I got to talk about myself for 45 minutes! More specifically, I share my "origin story": how I stumbled into computing, my first and second jobs, and the odd path that lead me to where I am today. If that doesn't sound too boring you'll find it at TEH 126: Leo's Origin Story. (Next week, it's Gary's turn.)
Stay safe. Stay healthy. See you next week,
This Week's Featured Article
Should I Avoid Windows Update? It Burned Me
Only if you like living even more dangerously.
After a bad experience with Windows Update, it's tempting to bail on the idea completely. Unfortunately, that can leave your machine vulnerable to malware.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
How to Get File Explorer to Display Details by Default
|Windows File Explorer defaults to a simple view of files on your machine that isn't secure. Changes these settings as soon as you can.
Can I Get a Virus By Looking at an Email?
|It used to be that simply viewing a malformed email could allow a virus to spread. Thankfully, that's no longer the case with modern mail programs.|
How You Recover When Good Apps Go Bad
|I frequently advise people what to do about unexpected and undesirable software changes. It's time for me to take my own advice.|
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Should You Use the Free Backup Software that Came with Your External DriveMany external drives include free backup software that I never use. I'll explain why, and what I do instead.
How You Recover When Good Apps Go Bad. Software change annoyancesI frequently advise people what to do about an unexpected and undesirable software change. It's time for me to take my own advice.
Can I Get a Virus From Looking at an Email? It used to be scary easy.It used to be that email programs automatically ran programs embedded in email messages when displayed. This is no longer the case, and you will not get a virus from looking at an email. It remains important to be skeptical with links and attachments, and to keep all software as up to date as possible.
Should I Avoid Windows Update? It Burned Me. Avoid it only if you like living even more dangerously.After a bad experience with Windows Update, it's tempting to bail on the idea and try to avoid it. Unfortunately, that can leave your machine vulnerable to malware.
How to Get File Explorer to Display Details by DefaultWindows File Explorer does not display details by default but rather a simple view of files on your machine that is not secure. Change the display details settings as soon as you can.
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