Occasionally we all have a bad day -- maybe we send an email with some embarrassing typos, or we get a flat tire, or maybe an argument with our boss. But when millions of people count on you for their PC to be secure, you cannot afford to have a bad day. Unfortunately for Windows users, that is what Microsoft had today (and here). Microsoft was supposed to automatically send 11 fixes, 6 categorized as critical.
You already know how I feel about Internet Explorer -- do not use it. And recently, I have changed to Thunderbird for my email. If you are on the Internet, do not expose yourself with Microsoft tools. In some future post, I will talk more about Thunderbird -- for now, know that the upgrade went without a hitch plus I found that I like the RSS reader included, too.
So depending on your level of risk taking and the security measures you have in place, you can wait fro Microsoft to fix their distribution problems, or you can go to their website and manually get all the patches. If you go through the effort to manually update, then be sure to go through the effort to switch to Firefox (or Opera) and Thunderbird (or Eudora).
Oh... I forgot to point out: if you want to manually update your system, you must use Internet Explorer. Doh!