2870Re: Internet Explorer
- Jul 8, 2004Hi - well to add further to this discussion, I did try to follow directions to prevent any disasters. Just wound up phoning Shaw to walk me through an installation. So - from now on this dummie will only click on what I know.Freda----- Original Message -----From: Ann StewartSent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 2:55 PMSubject: RE: Internet ExplorerFolks, just to add my two cents after reading about all the concerns of this issue, I asked my computer guru about this problem and he helped settle my mind. Please accept this information in the spirit its given - to help people. I , like you am not a computer literate person when it comes to the inner workings of my computer. Asking advice from the experts is my only line of defense . I hope you can find this information useful. Ann
Response to my email:
While most Trojan's, worms and viruses do target Internet Explorer (IE)
users it is a pretty drastic step to change browsers. I have tried all the
alternative browsers mentioned below and keep coming back to IE because all
websites work well with it and it rarely crashes. The other browsers each
have trouble with various sites because programmers develop their sites with
IE in mind and not Opera, Mozilla, etc.
As long as you go to Windows Update regularly and install all the critical
updates and keep your antivirus software up to date and run regular
antivirus scans you should be at a very low risk. I use IE and go to several
hundred different sites a week and have never had any problems.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Problem Solved Inc.
[mailto:owner-dist-gen@...]On Behalf Of Freda
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 1:51 PM
To: dist-gen@...; owner dist gen
Subject: Re: Internet Explorer
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.
----- Original Message -----
From: "owner dist gen"
To: "Freda" ;
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"
> > 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
> >> 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
> >> . 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://www.afhs.ab.ca
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