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Unread Dec 16th, 2008, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation "Serious Security Flaw with Internet Explorer"

Thought people might like to know this, if they already didn't.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7784908.stm

Basically it's saying that a flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords. Obviously most at risk is your credit card numbers being stolen.

Also to note is this:
"The message needs to get out that this malicious code can be planted on any web site, so simple careful browsing isn't enough"

and the best advice given:
"If users can find an alternative browser, then that's good mitigation against the threat."

EDIT: Hmm maybe this should have gone in the 'news' section
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Unread Dec 16th, 2008, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am so scared my knees are shaking.
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Unread Dec 16th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am so scared my knees are shaking.
I'll take that as sarcasm. Needless to say this as caused people to panic that don't know much about internet security and the like, that have heard about it. In general I bet most people don't even know about it, afterall it's Microsoft they'll sort most of the problem out pretty quickly I imagine.
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Unread Dec 16th, 2008, 07:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I read about this and started to use Mozilla just in case. I'm sure it will be fixed soon as it seems to be a pretty big deal around the web.
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Unread Dec 18th, 2008, 12:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think a patched was released today for those who still use IE.
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Unread Dec 18th, 2008, 06:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I had the update sitting in Windows update for a few hours today, I finally gave in about an hour ago.

Firefox, and occasionally Chrome, are the only browsers for me. Unless some silly website forces me to use IE, in which case I don't visit the site normally..
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Unread Dec 18th, 2008, 12:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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For all of you who think IE is the only browser with security problems, think again: All of the major browsers had so called "severe" security holes patched this week

http://osnews.com/story/20662/Severa..._Firefox_Opera

Of course since IE is owned by MS, it gets all of the bad press.
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I had the update sitting in Windows update for a few hours today, I finally gave in about an hour ago.
Ugh yeah...i hate that damn icon. It keeps staring at you like a freaking disease. And then it starts bugging you with that stupid "windows will shut down in 5 minutes unless you press cancel" thing every 10 minutes

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Of course since IE is owned by MS, it gets all of the bad press.
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Ugh yeah...i hate that damn icon. It keeps staring at you like a freaking disease. And then it starts bugging you with that stupid "windows will shut down in 5 minutes unless you press cancel" thing every 10 minutes
It's annoying when it pops up but you do realise you don't have to press "postpone" every 10 minutes, there are options for postpone for 1 hour and I think postpone for 3 hours?
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I think that what is more amazing than a security issue in IE... is the fact that people even still USE IE.
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Unread Dec 18th, 2008, 08:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It's annoying when it pops up but you do realise you don't have to press "postpone" every 10 minutes, there are options for postpone for 1 hour and I think postpone for 3 hours?
I think that's only with Vista. I've done it for the maximum time (I think 4 hours) and I'm pretty sure it must detect when it's not being used and reboots anyway! I was downloading things..
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I think that's only with Vista. I've done it for the maximum time (I think 4 hours) and I'm pretty sure it must detect when it's not being used and reboots anyway! I was downloading things..
Really? That's unlucky then
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I think that's only with Vista. I've done it for the maximum time (I think 4 hours) and I'm pretty sure it must detect when it's not being used and reboots anyway! I was downloading things..
Yep, only Vista. I have an XP machine at work and it's constantly telling me Windows needs to shut down to install updates. I'm always busy so I usually click cancel. But sometimes I will go for a coffee break only to find out when I come back that the machine's rebooted itself, closing down all the applications I was using.
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Hmm guess you'll have to upgrade to Vista, or for a much less costly solution write a piece of code that tells your computer every time this pop up comes up to select the option 'cancel'.
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Ugh yeah...i hate that damn icon. It keeps staring at you like a freaking disease. And then it starts bugging you with that stupid "windows will shut down in 5 minutes unless you press cancel" thing every 10 minutes

So true.
At least with firefox you don't have to worry about that thing. I just opened it one day and it said it had updated itself (or at least I don't remember having to do anything to update it).
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Unread Dec 20th, 2008, 06:25 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Sometimes the worst thing is that I am typing something and the box would come up asking to reboot, and of course, the default selection is "Yes, reboot now" instead of "Cancel" - and as soon as I hit space or enter it reboots!
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I've always hated IE because of it's constant threats related to spyware, adware, phishing, pharming, pharting, ..blah blah blah whatever.., so it comes as no surprise that now we have this big one. It's gotta be that ActiveX control that's common with IE.

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FireFox comes in 2nd
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That's why you don't use IE.
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I use Firefox cause I love the security it offers, in addition to lots of other stuff, but I feel completely protected (security wise) because i use Cyberdefender as my anti-virus software. It protects my system and makes me feel safe cause I've seen it work a few times by blocking viruses and stuff. It's great!
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Yeah, I read about a lot of those in the past. Try Firefox or IE8. Those are much better and highly recommended by me and many others.
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