Microsoft recently announced on its TechNet website that it plans to release 13 new security patches on Tuesday, February 8, some of which are rated as "critical" updates.

The release, part of Microsoft's regularly scheduled monthly security update, is the company's biggest patch roundup in months. Included will be nine Windows updates, with at least one rated "critical." Also in the update bundle will be a "moderate-risk" update for Microsoft's SharePoint Services and Office; a .Net framework update rated "important"; a "critical" update affecting Office and Visual Studio; and a "critical" update affecting Windows, Windows Media Player, and MSN Messenger.

We will keep you updated on the patch releases as soon as they go out. If you are using Windows XP w/SP2 however it wouldn't be a bad time to turn on automatic updates.