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Users Can Now Time Their Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft gives option to users to fix security update schedule within three days of notification.

Users of Windows 10 have been given the option to schedule their security updates as per their convenience rather than immediately, BBC News reports. Update timing has to be fixed once notifications are received but it must be installed within three days and can also be rescheduled during the waiting period.

This decision is a part of Microsoft project Creators Update, which is also looking into changing privacy settings, and was taken to ease user impatience because updates require rebooting which can happen at the wrong time and be disruptive.

However, cybersecurity experts fear this flexibility can give hackers the upper hand.

"I'm not 100% sold on the idea precisely because quite often these updates have critical security fixes in them, and you really want them on people's machines as quickly as possible," says Professor Alan Woodward of Surrey University, adding, "Once a critical flaw gets understood by hackers they will be out there trying to exploit it.”

Read more on BBC News.

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