Feeding the dog that bites you

My last entry reminded me of something. Call it a public service announcement if you like.

If you use Internet Explorer, be sure to do your Windows Updates, folks. There’s a slew of recent updates for yet more security holes, some the worst to date.

Want to hear something scary? Check out what the short blurb describing the critical update said on February 6 when I did my updates:

Download size: 2.8 MB
Identified security issues in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to compromise a Windows-based system. For example, an attacker could run programs on your computer while you view a Web page. This affects all computers with Internet Explorer installed (even if you don?t run Internet Explorer as your Web browser). After you install this item, you may need to restart your computer…(emphasis added)

And, of course, we Windows users must have IE on our systems; it’s an integral part of the OS now. So, we users are in a catch-22 of having to continually update the very beastie that that time and time again fails to guard our house.

If you really want some toe-curling reading, check out Microsoft’s own gory details (read the technical details there).

So what to do?

Well, I am not ready to throw the baby out with the bath and convert to Linux or dump my PC’s in favor of Macs. The fact is, I really like the Windows OS and have a high comfort level with its workings. Frankly, I don’t want to invest the time learning the intracies of another OS.

Call me Ishmael lazy, call me behind the times…Whatever.

I AM, however, taking some proactive steps within my Windows environment by using alternative browser and e-mail programs. More on that here. You’ll only be able to see the first post in the thread unless you’re a Dave’s Garden subscriber, but I will be updating that first post as I learn more and as people ask questions.

This entry was posted in Techie.

2 thoughts on “Feeding the dog that bites you

  1. So I am not alone in my stubborn refusal to give up on MS! I do try to keep my updates current but then I figure it is just a matter of time before other systems like linux come under attack. As more people switch over to avoid MS security problems the hackers will target them as well.

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