Safe BrowsingDecember 17, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Internet, Online services, Security, Software | 3 Comments
Microsoft today released an out-of-schedule fix for Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. If you are on automatic updates, you will get a request to reboot soon into your day. If not, you want to ensure you install this one.
Already over 2 million computers have been infected with this issue from some 10,000 infected web sites. Simply going to such a web site with IE will get you infected.
The main issue here is that there will be more such troubles for IE. Its design, particularly the inherently insecure ActiveX, makes it highly susceptible to exploits. As its the most commonly used, its also the largest target.
To reduce your exposure, the tech rags recommend using the free Firefox browser instead – or Opera or Google’s Chrome, etc.
Set it as your default when asked. Firefox has the added advantage of a large stable of add-ins. The key one here is called NoScript. This prevents scripts running until you OK the site. (the first time)
You can still use IE in the few places where it’s required like Microsoft Updates, if you know it’s a safe site.
I also suggest the WOT add-in to flag you off of questionable and dangerous sites. It’s saved me a few times.