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Internet Explorer


Still using Internet Explorer? think again.

Quoting Microsoft Security Advisory 979352:

Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 on supported editions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 are vulnerable

Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8; Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 are all vulnerable! ALL VULNERABLE TO AN UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY EXECUTING CODE ON THEM!

What does this mean for you? simple: unless you want to go back to stone age (original Microsoft quote again: “Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 is not affected”)  you can’t trust Internet Explorer (and by extension Microsoft Windows).

Use another browser. There are plenty of free and better alternatives out there. In no particular order: Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome. Click on one of the links, download it, install it, set it as default browser and if you’re still on Windows set your firewall to prevent Internet Explorer from accessing the internet.

Better: ditch Microsoft Windows all together. There are enough viable alternatives out there. My favorites are Kubuntu, PC-BSD, or Mac OSX.

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