The year 2017 has thus far managed to keep Microsoft engineers on their toes in terms of Windows security issues. The WannaCry and Petya global ransomware attacks prompted an unusual move by Microsoft as it released urgent patches for Windows XP as well as Windows Server 2003, two versions that had been previously discontinued in terms of support, but those were not the only security issues that the company has addressed in recent months.

Continuous Security Support for Windows

Microsoft has been actively releasing security fixes, patches, and updates for supported versions of its Windows operating system since March. The reason for this heightened activity was that the company was briefed on the leak of exploits and cyber weapons developed by the United States National Security Agency. The exploits, which feature names such as EternalBlue, were stolen from the NSA and were used to power the WannaCry ransomware attack against public health and transportation systems around the world.

Even though the WannaCry attack did not affect Windows 10 computers, Microsoft has not taken any chances; if anything, the company has been working diligently to patch up its latest version of the operating system in terms of security, performance, and functionality.

The Purpose of Steady Windows Updates

Over the last 10 years, Microsoft has been releasing Windows updates and patches in a very consistent fashion, usually on the second Tuesday of the month. In 2017, however, a second update has been rolled out two weeks after the first one of the month, and they have been getting more comprehensive for Windows 10. The last patch released in June, for example, covers more than 50 issues ranging from print spool delays to Bluetooth memory leaks and from Windows Search fixes to incomplete syncs with Windows Phone.

In addition to performance issues and bug fixes, Microsoft has been shoring up Windows 10 with security updates as soon as the issue is identified. It could be said that Windows 10 users in Victorville enjoy the advantages of a secure operating system, but only if they are allowing their devices as well as their antivirus programs to update constantly.

Even with all the security measures undertaken by Microsoft to protect Windows 10 users, its most recent version of the operating system for some new Surface laptops was breached by a security researcher who was able to obtain remote access via a clever Microsoft Word hack.

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