Microsoft launches myBulletins, a personalized security dashboard

Martin Brinkmann
May 28, 2014
Updated • May 28, 2014

Keeping up with all security releases that Microsoft publishes for its products may not be as easy as it sounds. While the monthly security bulletins offer a good start, and the "other updates" listing a good second, it may be difficult to keep an overview on everything that is going on, especially if you run systems with different operating system and product versions.

Has a patch been released only for Internet Explorer 11, or also for other versions of the browser?

Microsoft's new myBulletins service tries to address this by making available the information in an online dashboard that you can customize to your needs. It is intended for system administrators and users responsible for updating computer systems running Microsoft products, but not restricted to those groups.

All you need is a Microsoft account to get started. Once you have signed up for one or signed in with an existing one, you can start adding products that you are interested in to the dashboard.

Popular Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Server Software, Developer Tools and Security Software products are displayed on that page directly. You can check as many as you want on the page, and use the search to find products not listed by default.

It is interesting to note that unsupported products are displayed in the default list including Windows XP, Windows 2000 or -- gasp -- Internet Explorer 5.

Once you have added all the products you are interested in to the dashboard you are taken to it.

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Microsoft My Security Bulletins Dashboard

The My Security Bulletins Dashboard lists all matching security bulletins for products that you have selected. Each bulletin is displayed with its publication date and ID, product name, impact, severity and whether it requires a reboot or not.

The Bulletin IDs point to the bulletin descriptions on the Microsoft website.

A dashboard summary highlights how many critical, important and moderate bulletins have been released in the selected time period.

The filter bar at the top allows you to change the time period for which bulletins are displayed, and filter by product category, impact or severity.

Note: If you select Windows 8.1, you won't receive any security bulletin listings on the page currently. You need to select Windows 8 for those to appear on the page.

One interesting feature here is the ability to download the bulletins list as an Excel spreadsheet to your computer. The sheet displays additional information about each bulletin and links to each bulletin and knowledgebase article as well.

What could be better?

A couple of things could be improved. The service does not support notifications which means that you need to load the dashboard regularly to find out if new bulletins have been released.

There is also no direct option to download bulletins, or filter by processor architecture. The latter means that the same bulletin is displayed twice usually, for 32-bit and for 64-bit systems.

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  1. Some Dude said on March 19, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Are these articles AI generated?

    Now the duplicates are more obvious.

    1. boris said on March 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      This is below AI generated crap. It is copy of Microsoft Help website article without any relevant supporting text. Anyway you can find this information on many pages.

  2. Paul(us) said on March 20, 2023 at 1:32 am

    Yes, but why post the exact same article under a different title twice on the same day (19 march 2023), by two different writers?
    1.) Excel Keyboard Shortcuts by Trevor Monteiro.
    2.) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows by Priyanka Monteiro

    Why oh why?

    1. Clairvaux said on September 6, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Yeah. Tell me more about “Priyanka Monteiro”. I’m dying to know. Indian-Portuguese bot ?

  3. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Probably they will announce that the taskbar will be placed at top, right or left, at your will.

    Special event by they is a special crap for us.

  4. yanta said on August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    If it’s Microsoft, don’t buy it.
    Better brands at better prices elsewhere.

  5. John G. said on August 20, 2023 at 4:22 am

    All new articles have zero count comments. :S

  6. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 7:48 am

    WTF? So, If I add one photo to 5 albums, will it count 5x on my storage?
    It does not make any sense… on google photos, we can add photo to multiple albums, and it does not generate any additional space usage

    I have O365 until end of this year, mostly for onedrive and probably will jump into google one

  7. St Albans Digital Printing Inc said on September 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Photo storage must be kept free because customers chose gadgets just for photos and photos only.

  8. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    What a nonsense. Does it mean that albums are de facto folders with copies of our pictures?

    1. GG said on September 6, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Sounds exactly like the poor coding Microsoft is known for in non-critical areas i.e. non Windows Core/Office Core.

      I imagine a manager gave an employee the task to create the album feature with hardly any time so they just copied the folder feature with some cosmetic changes.

      And now that they discovered what poor management results in do they go back and do the album feature properly?

      Nope, just charge the customer twice.

      Sounds like a go-getter that needs to be promoted for increasing sales and managing underlings “efficiently”, said the next layer of middle management.

  9. d3x said on September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    When will those comments get fixed? Was every editor here replaced by AI and no one even works on this site?

  10. Scroogled said on September 5, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Instead of a software company, Microsoft is now a fraud company.

  11. ard said on September 7, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    For me this is proof that Microsoft has a back-door option into all accounts in their cloud.
    quote “…… as the MSA key allowed the hacker group access to virtually any cloud account at Microsoft…..”

    so this MSA key which is available to MS officers can give access to all accounts in MS cloud.This is the backdoor that MS has into the cloud accounts. Lucky I never got any relevant files of mine in their (MS) cloud.

  12. Andy Prough said on September 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    >”Now You: what is your theory?”

    That someone handed an employee a briefcase full of cash and the employee allowed them access to all their accounts and systems.

    Anything that requires 5-10 different coincidences to happen is highly unlikely. Occam’s razor.

  13. TelV said on September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Good reason to never login to your precious machine with a Microsoft a/c a.k.a. as the cloud.

  14. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    The GAFAM are always very careless about our software automatically sending to them telemetry and crash dumps in our backs. It’s a reminder not to send them anything when it’s possible to opt out, and not to opt in, considering what they may contain. And there is irony in this carelessness biting them back, even if in that case they show that they are much more cautious when it’s their own data that is at stake.

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