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.

How to get more out of Edge (and bolster its security)

Will the shift to Windows 11 mean more e-waste?

Will the shift to Windows 11 mean more e-waste?

Because the move to Windows 11 is likely to force users to buy new hardware, a lot of older computers may wind up in the trash — worsening environmental issues for everyone.

Windows 10 21H2, the bashful one, arrives

Windows 10 21H2, the bashful one, arrives

While the newest version of Windows 10 has arrived as promised, don't rush to install it. Think of this as the best time to see what your PCs are running already, then plan ahead.

What’s past is prologue: When code-signing in Windows 11 goes bad

What’s past is prologue: When code-signing in Windows 11 goes bad

Eighteen years ago, a code-signing issue with Small Business Server 2003 caused problems for early installations. Last week, a similar problem has cropped up in Windows 11.

Is Microsoft getting pushy with Windows 11?

Is Microsoft getting pushy with Windows 11?

Windows 11 isn't supposed to just magically (or mysteriously) install itself on a Windows 10 PC. But some users keep saying that's what happened. Hmm.

How to block Windows 10 version 21H2 (and Windows 11) from installing

How to block Windows 10 version 21H2 (and Windows 11) from installing

Windows 10 21H2 is a very minor update, and you may not want to be a beta tester for Windows 11. Here’s how to keep both of the new releases off your system for now.

How to get rid of Windows 11 (and roll back to Windows 10)

How to get rid of Windows 11 (and roll back to Windows 10)

If you’ve tried Windows 11 and for some reason want to go back to its predecessor, timing is key. The clock begins ticking as soon as you move to Windows 11. Here’s what to do.

Just who is Windows 11 for, anyway?

Just who is Windows 11 for, anyway?

Although it’s being marketed to consumers, Windows 11 is really about helping businesses protect sensitive data.

Thoughts on navigating the transition to Windows 11

Thoughts on navigating the transition to Windows 11

Windows 11 has only been out for a week, but users are already finding ways around security requirements and making UI changes. Here's what to keep in mind if you're planning to do either one.

How to make sense of Microsoft’s upcoming mail security changes

How to make sense of Microsoft’s upcoming mail security changes

Microsoft is cutting off some versions of Outlook from Microsoft 365 and Office 365 next month. And it plans more security moves a year from now that could affect how email is handled. Time to plan ahead.

Survey says! What my informal survey shows about Windows

Survey says! What my informal survey shows about Windows

The vast majority of people who responded already know about Windows 11, most don’t plan to upgrade anytime soon and many have serious issues with the overall Windows patching process.

A penchant for patching: After 20 years, the system’s still a mess

A penchant for patching: After 20 years, the system’s still a mess

Though Microsoft has tried a variety of patching schemes over the past two decades, update problems continue with no end in sight.

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