2864Re: Internet Explorer
- Jul 7, 2004Thanks 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.
----- 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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.
> >> 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
> >> and like its Safari Web browser. I am thinking of scrapping my
> >> 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
> >> 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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