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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 04-28-2014 10:31 PM 809 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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04-28-2014 10:31 PM

Got this message on another forum.
Be aware.

The following is an excerpt from an email I just received from our IT manager:

We have come to that point: It’s no longer safe to use Internet Explorer 8 as your web browser. Because Windows XP (and its Internet Explorer 8) are no longer supported by Microsoft, their security was already hanging by a thread. Now a security exploit of Internet Explorer has been discovered. Since this version of Internet Explorer will never again get security updates, this vulnerability will remain forever.

The latest version of Mozilla Firefox is installed on all of our XP computers. If you are using one of those machines, you should switch to using Firefox today. The discovered exploit is a zero-day exploit, meaning zero days passed between when Microsoft found out about it and when it began to be actively exploited. Mozilla Firefox can import all of your bookmarks from Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 8 should not be used at all. It is already being exploited and, as there are millions of vulnerable XP PCs out there, I expect it to be heavily targeted for additional exploits in the future.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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woodchuckerNJ

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 10:43 PM

What else is new…
All MS stuff is vulnerable. It’s a history with MS.

Use firefox or chrome.. I use chrome now, but might go back to chrome.

-- Jeff NJ

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 11:05 PM

I’ve had both chrome and firefox on this machine for several years and the one before it. Haven’t used IE for several years. But, there are fellow LJs who may still be using XP and IE.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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cutworm

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 11:53 PM

I have a Chromebook with Chrome OS. Cheap, very fast and relatively secure. I can go from off to being on LJ’s in well under 30 seconds.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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OldWrangler

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 12:03 AM

I got news for anyone who steals my identity….....

I hope they like being old and broke ‘cause that’s what they get And while they are me, I hope they will pick up my $4,000,000 inheritance waiting for me in Nigeria or my $8,000,000 Lottery winnings currently being held at a bank in Benin. They are welcome to both.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 12:07 AM

Hey OldWrangler,
I thought that 4,000,000 was mine!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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OldWrangler

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#6 posted 05-02-2014 02:48 AM

Must be more than one. But mine is real, the letter came from a Barrester and if you can’t trust a lawyer, who can you trust?

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 05-02-2014 03:03 AM

Well, ya got me there.
Mine said it was from a 62 year old woman. Had to reply to an address in some Baltic state. The $$ is still waiting on me. But, for only a few more days, then it will revert back to the court for dispersal?????
Surely, an old lady can be trusted…right?
I’m older than her. I know better. She just wants me for my body.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 05-02-2014 04:57 AM

I believe IE is now up to #11.

XP died a natural death a couple of years ago.

Followed by Vista and now Windows 7 in a number of versions.

“The latest version of Mozilla Firefox is installed on all of our XP computers. If you are using one of those machines, you should switch to using Firefox today.” ? How do you switch to something that you’re already using?

Jeff has a good idea though …. ‘I use chrome now, but might go back to chrome.” ;-}

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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