InformationWeek | December 16, 2008 03:15 PM - "Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is planning to release an out-of-band patch for Internet Explorer on Wednesday to address a critical security vulnerability that is being actively exploited.
The company on Saturday warned that 1 in 500 Internet Explorer users worldwide may have been exposed to malware hosted at both legitimate Web sites and porn sites that exploit an unpatched vulnerability."
It would be so easy to take shots at Microsoft for this but ragging on them for making unsafe crap is like yelling at a dog for pooping. You know the pup is going to do it and there's no way to stop it from happening. However, in the case of Microsoft there is something you can do.
First, never, never, ever use Internet Explorer. Use Firefox or Opera or even the new Google browser Chrome.
Second, if you are running on an MS Windows operating system never, never, never, never run any Microsoft products on it. If the software was built and released by Microsoft stay as far away from it as possible. Use alternatives like OpenOffice, Thunderbird, the GIMP and just about every application you could ever want.
And lastly, if it's at all possible, you should never, never, never, never, ever, ever, EVER run use a Microsoft Operating System. The biggest computer security problem in the world is systems running any version of MS Windows with MS applications on them. Use a Mac or a Linux system. You'll be many orders of magnitude safer and, in the case of Linux, the cost is fairly trivial.
But if you don't want to deal with change just keep running what you're running. The Internet could always use more spam, viruses and hijacked systems to break into your bank or credit card company.