2860Re: Internet Security Warning-Eastman Genealogy Newsletter -Of Interest To All
- Jul 6, 2004Charles - 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.
----- 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
> 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
> 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
> Do you have comments, questions or corrections to this article? Post
> your message on the newsletter's blog at: http://blog.eogn.com
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