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Microsoft warns of serious computer security hole

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Isn't it funny it's just XP and 2003 that are affected, not windows vista? Basically M$ is saying: change to Vista and you are safe...

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If you avoid using Internet Explorer you will see a significant increase in security.

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Microsoft, the American car maker of the software world.

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If you avoid being gullible and following scam email links then you will also see a significant increase in security.

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The serious computer security hole is "Using Microsoft Software". Recommended fix is to use something else.

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On the Net: Microsoft support page: http://tinyurl.com/kwh8ls

Shouldn't this be a microsoft.com URL not a URL that could be anything including a hacked site?

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firefox for the win

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friends don't let friends use IE

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rtega beat me to it!

Still I have not MS or IE for over 2 years at home now!

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Does "disable the problematic part of its software" mean disable Internet Explorer completely? That seems like the best solution. However, Microsoft just recommends deactivating video ActiveX. It seems ActiveX always has been and probably always will be a security hole.

Use Firefox or Opera.

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If you stop using XP or IE, then you're giving in to the hackers. I don't want them to have the satisfaction.

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I feel safe running Firefox. I went to Firefox because of the speed issue. With frequent news of IE X.x having security issues I am glad I made the switch. I have pimpfish grabber or something like that that only works on MS IE for me. Sometimes that is the only way to snatch what I want. I try to get what I want and then get back to Firefox.

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On the Net: Microsoft support page: http://tinyurl.com/kwh8ls

Shouldn't this be a microsoft.com URL not a URL that could be anything including a hacked site?

Actually, Tinyurl allows you to preview an expanded link before actually opening it up. On this page...

http://tinyurl.com/preview.php

is a link you can click to toggle this feature on or off. It does create a cookie to remember the setting, though, so you'll need to allow that. Very handy and prevents opening up anything nefarious.

Meanhwile, bit.ly, with all its many features & functions, looks like the next best thing as far as link shorteners go, though it does "forever" tie you to links that you shorten. It offers a few different ways you can preview what the expanded links are without opening them, too.

I've longed used Firefox on Windows (which I'm forced to use to work with my clients in Japan), but wonder if IE Tab or similar extensions have the same security hole. Although it renders pages through FF, it does use the IE engine, I believe. (To use this extension, you have to have IE installed, even if never fully used.) I do occasionally run across poorly designed websites that only work if they're rendered through IE, which this extension enables you smoothly do through FF. Then again, I do have the new FF 3.5, so probably should check those sites again if I can remember them.

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there's a hole in the bottom of the code, there's a hole in the bottom of the code.

Isn't it funny that this just showed up now? And that MS announced it? I agree, it sounds as though MS is trying to force people to move to Vista or Win7. That kind of market manipulation would be illegal except for their pathetic license agreement.

Not to mention the mess MS made of Office2007. The changes to functionality have the whole office trying to re-learn where to find this feature or that function. Why would they do that? It's a complete time waster.

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