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    Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a riva

    The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.
    Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.
    Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world's computer users.
    BBC NEWS | Technology | Serious security flaw found in IE

    PSA PSA PSA

    Don't use IE!!!
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    Re: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a

    LOL, they figured it out just NOW? IE has been getting hacked since its invention!

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    Re: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    There are still people using IE?

    I prefer Opera, but will settle for FireFox.

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    Re: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a

    While I'm definitely on the anti-Microsoft bandwagon, I really don't think this is entirely IE's fault. This vulnerability only manifests itself if the user clicks on a malicious link, which can expose vulnerabilities in any browser. IE gets a bad rap because it's the most widely used browser, and its widespread use is the reason hackers focus on its vulnerabilities.

    I think Trend Micro's advice of switching browsers is misplaced. Switching to another browser treats the symptom, not the problem. The problem is - users clicking on links without checking (or knowing how to check) the integrity of the link first. Everyone needs to know how to determine the URL that a link points to before clicking it, and ways to recognize if the URL might be malicious.

    IE and Firefox both have a status bar at the very bottom, which usually says "Done," but also displays the page loading progress when a page is first coming up. Pointing at (but not clicking on) a hyperlink will usually display the URL that the link will take you to if you click it. If the URL contains a direct IP address (like http://123.45.67.89...) don't click it! If the URL ends with an executable file extension (.exe, .bat, .scr, etc.) don't click it unless you know the link is supposed to download an executable file. If the status bar doesn't update when you point at the link, then right-click the link and go to Properties. That will display the link's destination URL, and then the above rules apply.

    DNS hacks can take a legitimate hostname (like www.somewhere.com) and cause it to redirect to their own server that will serve up a malicious page instead of the one you expected. (That's what happened to Comcast a couple months ago). When you're doing online banking or credit card purchases, be aware if the site will intentionally redirect you to a 3rd-party site for the secure operation (there will be a disclaimer). Pay attention to the URL in your address bar and take note if you've been unexpectedly redirected away from the domain you were just at. And when entering your credit card number, make sure the address bar has a yellow background and/or a lock icon that indicates you have an SSL connection to the server. When you're done, explicitly log out via the page's Logout link, then close your browser.

    Having said all that, drop IE like a bad habit and get Firefox already!

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    Re: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a

    I know people do, and I thought that this was worth making a big deal over. I use FF or Chrome.
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    Re: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a

    Anything > Internet Explorer
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    Re: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a

    I've used firefox since it was invented... unfortunately, Windows Vista comes with IE and you can't remote it. Microsoft's OS is truly becoming a dump.

    I would like to switch to Linux but I don't know much about it, or if it's compatible with the laptop I'm on. Any ideas?

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    I would like to switch to Linux but I don't know much about it, or if it's compatible with the laptop I'm on. Any ideas?
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    What sort of laptop is it? Linux is nice because you get much better stability and security, plus nearly every distro is 100% free. Ubuntu is probably the best distribution for the new user to linux. However, there are some things you should be aware of. Not all hardware will work, simply because some manufacturers are stupid enough to hide the specs for their devices and hoard drivers. Furthermore, you have to be able to install the OS yourself. Installing linux is no harder than installing windows (even easier sometimes) but most people buy machines with the OS pre-installed so they don't really know how to do it.

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    Re: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a

    Hopefully if "Santa" is nice I'll be going Apple shortly, hasta la VISTA baby.

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    Re: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a

    Yikes. I use IE. But I'm pretty much computer illiterate, anyone know how to actually get a new browser? Go to the store and buy one I suppose?
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