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  • owner dist gen
    Jul 6, 2004
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      Dear Freda,

      The icon is just a short cut to the program, but if you never use the
      program, there is no reason to worry.

      When you have a friend over who knows about computers, ask them to
      uninstall Internet Explorer.

      Mary Arthur

      On 6-Jul-04, at 17:07, Freda wrote:

      > 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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