New York, New York (PressExposure) February 02, 2009 -- For years, Microsoft has scheduled the release of most of its security patches for the first Tuesday of each month. But at the end of 2008, two security patches for Internet Explorer, known as MS08-067 and MS08-078, were so urgent that the company released them without waiting until the next "patch Tuesday" rolled around.
These unscheduled releases are known as "out-of-band" patches. The release date for the patches was rushed forward when internet attacks were discovered that exploited vulnerabilities corrected by the patches. âPeople donât know just how vulnerable their computers really are during an attack of this magnitude. Un-patched computers are likely to contract a virus or some kind of malware within this period, ultimately leading to a crashed computer,â says Michael Blace, Support Manager.
Microsoft's need to release an occasional out-of-band patch is perhaps inevitable, and the company delivered the two IE patches quickly. However, two high-profile, out-of-band releases within two months might be signaling a bad trend. Selkie Software helps people prepare for the worst and is urging people to have a reliable data recovery program on hand. âIt is very important to have a backup plan when something like this is plaguing computers everywhere. Our software helps you respond to computer crashes quickly and easily,â says Judi Tyabji Wilson, CEO.
Eventually, Windows will automatically update your computer and protect it, however you are vulnerable until that happens. âI donât personally check for updates on the Microsoft website. In fact, I usually wait until the updates install themselves on my computer. I think many people are the same way, and that puts us all in danger,â says Jackie Renton, Affiliate Manager.
There is no technical fix for this danger. Users have to keep up on the latest security news and visit http://www.update.microsoft.com as soon as they hear about any out-of-band patches, rather than waiting for Automatic Updates to kick in. Tugboat Enterprises urges users to go to their website [http://www.SelkieSoftware.com] and find out what you can do to protect yourself from losing your data.
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