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  • Freda
    Jul 7, 2004
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      Thanks Mary - it is awful to be among the walking dummies - but I thought
      I better ask before I attempted to do anything more. If all I have to do is
      uninstall, perhaps I can do that myself.
      Freda
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "owner dist gen" <maryra@...>
      To: "Freda" <fritzzi@...>; <dist-gen@...>
      Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 9:38 PM
      Subject: Re: Internet Explorer


      > 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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