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2860Re: Internet Security Warning-Eastman Genealogy Newsletter -Of Interest To All

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  • Freda
    Jul 6, 2004
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      Charles - you have suceeded in scaring the devil out of me. I have had an
      Explorer icon on my desktop since my 98Sec. was installed but never used it.
      Is there any danger to Outlook Express? I chucked the Explorer icon in the
      rubbish bin - will that do it or is there something else I need to do as
      well? Thanks for the warnings and the advice.
      Freda Stewart

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Charles W Aubin" <cwaubin1@...>
      Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 12:41 PM
      Subject: Internet Security Warning-Eastman Genealogy Newsletter -Of
      Interest To All

      > - Major Windows Security Risk
      > NOTE: This article contains no genealogy information. However, it
      > contains information that every Windows user should know.
      > A new Trojan horse appeared last week. Technically, a Trojan horse is
      > not the same as a virus, but the result is the same: something bad could
      > happen to anyone whose computer becomes infected. Every Windows user
      > should read about the JS.Scob.Trojan problem. You can search Google at
      > http://tinyurl.com/2gndp to find hundreds of articles about
      > JS.Scob.Trojan. If you use Windows, you need to read several of those
      > articles!
      > Even the Department of Homeland Security is now advising computer users
      > to stop using Internet Explorer. Details are available at:
      > http://tinyurl.com/yrq6j. Note that the article says, "The Department of
      > Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team touched off a
      > storm this week when it recommended for security reasons using browsers
      > other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer."
      > A related story is available at http://tinyurl.com/yq2pp
      > Even Slate Magazine, an online publication owned by Microsoft and
      > published on MSN, is advising readers to not use Microsoft's Internet
      > Explorer! You can read the article at http://slate.msn.com/id/2103152/.
      > In short, the JS.Scob.Trojan program is a major security risk. It
      > installs spyware programs in your Windows PC and can capture any
      > keystrokes you enter, including your passwords, bank account numbers,
      > and credit card numbers that you type.
      > JS.Scob.Trojan is running rampant, and the anti-virus companies have not
      > yet found a cure for it. However, Microsoft has now posted a workaround
      > to this security bug on its Web site. The Microsoft patch is not a true
      > fix; it simply provides a method to avoid the problem. The company says
      > that it is still "investigating the problem."
      > JS.Scob.Trojan explores a weakness in Microsoft's IIS Web server and is
      > appearing in Web servers all around the world. Even Web sites that you
      > use every day and trust can become infected with this virus. Once you
      > visit an infected Web site, your Windows computer will be infected.
      > NOTE: The Web site for this newsletter at http://www.eogn.com
      > <http://www.eogn.com/> operates on Linux, not Windows. Therefore the
      > eogn.com Web site will not be infected by JS.Scob.Trojan, nor will any
      > other Web server that runs on Linux, UNIX, or Apple. You can safely read
      > this newsletter in any Web browser. The only Web servers that are
      > vulnerable to JS.Scob.Trojan are those running Microsoft Windows. You
      > will only become infected if you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer web
      > browser on a Windows computer and you visit an infected Web site that
      > uses Microsoft's IIS Web server.
      > Eogn.com will never run on a Microsoft Web server!
      > Luckily, there is an easy fix for this: don't use Microsoft's Internet
      > Explorer. Period. Use Opera or Netscape or Mozilla or FireFox or Safari
      > instead.
      > For even better on-going security, don't use Windows. Use a Macintosh or
      > Linux or some other operating system.
      > I have written in a recent Plus Edition article about Opera, a new Web
      > browser for Windows and other operating systems that is much better than
      > Internet Explorer, runs faster, and does a better job of displaying Web
      > pages. If you use Opera, you will not become infected by this recent
      > Trojan horse. FireFox is another new and faster Web browser.
      > Likewise, if you use Mozilla or FireFox or Netscape or Safari, you will
      > not be infected. If you are using a Macintosh or Linux system, you will
      > not be infected. The high risk occurs only if you use Microsoft Internet
      > Explorer on a Microsoft Windows system.
      > I am about to delete Microsoft Internet Explorer from my systems. Time
      > and again the Microsoft products have proven to have security holes that
      > are not shared with other Web browsers. I cannot afford the risk.
      > In fact, I am running a Linux system on my desk alongside my Windows
      > system. The more I use Linux, the better I like it. I also own an iMac
      > and like its Safari Web browser. I am thinking of scrapping my Windows
      > system soon and using only Linux. It is faster, much more secure, and
      > almost impervious to viruses and Trojan horse problems. Linux is also
      > becoming as easy to use as Windows.
      > Some people will argue that Microsoft has all these security problems
      > simply because the company's products are so popular. They will claim
      > that the miscreants who create viruses and Trojan horse programs attack
      > Windows only because of its popularity. They will claim that Linux or
      > Macintosh would have the same problems if those operating systems were
      > more popular.
      > You know what? I don't care!
      > As a computer user, I know that using a Microsoft solution exposes me to
      > personal risk. My credit card numbers, my bank account information, and
      > more are at risk, regardless of the reasons. I also know that using a
      > Macintosh or a Linux system reduces that risk about 99.9%. Even if I
      > stay with Windows, switching from Internet Explorer to Opera or Netscape
      > or Mozilla or FireFox reduces the risk perhaps 95%.
      > I will probably switch operating systems. However, if you are not
      > prepared to do that, I strongly urge you to stop using Internet
      > Explorer. Instead, use Netscape or Mozilla or FireFox or Opera.
      > Think about it…
      > You can find more information about Opera at http://www.opera.com
      > <http://www.opera.com/>. You can learn about FireFox at
      > http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/.
      > Do you have comments, questions or corrections to this article? Post
      > your message on the newsletter's blog at: http://blog.eogn.com
      > <http://blog.eogn.com/>
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