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.

In the fight against ransomware, Microsoft must do more

In the fight against ransomware, Microsoft must do more

The rash of ransomware attacks that have plagued companies in recent months highlights the need for Microsoft to do more to help users avoid being hit — and recover quickly if they are.

Not yet running Windows 10 21H1? It’s time

Not yet running Windows 10 21H1? It’s time

If you are still running Windows 10 2004 or 20H2, it’s time to move to 21H1. Here's how to do that and what to keep in mind as we roll toward the release of Windows 11.

Upgrading your PC’s hardware for Windows 11

Upgrading your PC’s hardware for Windows 11

Microsoft’s stringent hardware requirements for Windows 11 have left many wondering if they can — or should — upgrade their current PCs to support the upcoming OS.

30+ free and cheap apps for Windows 10

30+ free and cheap apps for Windows 10

From backup to productivity tools, here’s the best of the best for Windows 10. Sometimes good things come in free packages.

Windows 11: The long migration

Windows 11: The long migration

Moving from one operating system to another can be a grind — like watching sausage being made. Get ready for the long process of moving on from Windows 10 to its successor.

Before we get Windows 11, can Microsoft fix Windows 10?

Before we get Windows 11, can Microsoft fix Windows 10?

Later this week, Microsoft is set to talk about the future of Windows. But it still needs to fix a few things in Windows 10.

Windows updates: The four basic patch personalities

Windows updates: The four basic patch personalities

You can be a bleeding-edge Windows user, the cautious type, or even reboot-hesitant. But there's no getting around updates. Here's how to figure out what works best for you.

Patch Tuesday: The rules of updating Windows (and Microsoft apps)

Patch Tuesday: The rules of updating Windows (and Microsoft apps)

It’s important to be proactive when it comes to Microsoft’s updates. Here are some of the rules of the patching road to keep in mind this week.

It’s not me, it’s you: How to keep up with Microsoft cloud services trouble

It’s not me, it’s you: How to keep up with Microsoft cloud services trouble

When cloud-based apps, services and software go down, or when Windows 10 flakes out, it's good to know where to get reliable information about what's happening.

An ‘underwhelming’ Windows 10 21H1 arrives

An ‘underwhelming’ Windows 10 21H1 arrives

Microsoft last week officially rolled out Windows 10 21H1 without much fanfare — and (so far) without any major issues. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re moving ahead with the install.

For Windows users, tips on fighting ransomware attacks

For Windows users, tips on fighting ransomware attacks

The ransomware attack that shut down a major pipeline in the US offers some lessons for Windows users looking to keep themselves safe.

How to block the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, version 21H1, from installing

How to block the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, version 21H1, from installing

Windows 10 21H1 is a minor update, but it’s still wise to opt out of beta testing it. Here’s how to keep the new release off your system for now.

Patch Tuesday preview: Time for a 'measured' approach to updates

Patch Tuesday preview: Time for a 'measured' approach to updates

As May's Patch Tuesday rolls around, it's time to take things slow. Here's how to get Windows 10 do just that.

For Windows, it’s ‘squirrel away time’

For Windows, it’s ‘squirrel away time’

Sometimes Windows updates just don’t work, and a Microsoft-recommended “sfc /scannow” or DISM command won’t help. So what’s a prudent Windows user to do?

April patch recap: Mostly quiet on the Microsoft front

April patch recap: Mostly quiet on the Microsoft front

April offered few patch surprises from Microsoft, and it’s been much quieter than March, when printing issues arose. Here’s a look at what we’ve seen — and some concerns about a new feature called ‘News and Interests.’

Skimping on drive space means Windows 10 update woes

Skimping on drive space means Windows 10 update woes

Too many users have encountered the dreaded “Windows needs more space” message when trying to update Windows 10. Here’s the bare minimum drive space business and IT professionals should shoot for.

Why 16 is the new 8 for Windows 10

Why 16 is the new 8 for Windows 10

Microsoft’s Teams collaboration platform has become something of a memory hog, meaning Windows 10 users need at least 16GB of RAM to keep things running smoothly.

Windows Update for Business: details, details

Windows Update for Business: details, details

Though most Windows 10 users assume Windows update for Business is mainly for, well, business use, it offers plenty of options for controlling updates and working with Intune.

Patch Tuesday recap: This month, an ‘Ides of March’ update?

Patch Tuesday recap: This month, an ‘Ides of March’ update?

As the month winds down, some users may still be having issues with problematic printer drivers and updates. Here’s how to move beyond them.

How Azure Active Directory helps manage identity for remote users

How Azure Active Directory helps manage identity for remote users

Still using Active Directory to manage identity for remote workers? You might want to consider moving to Azure Active Directory.

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