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Excellent news. Internet Explorer is going to start blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls starting August 12, 2014

August 8th 2014 in Internet Explorer, safety and privacy on the Internet, viruses and exploits “As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering a more secure browser, starting August 12th Internet Explorer will block out-of-date ActiveX controls. ActiveX controls are small apps that let Web sites provide content, like videos and games, and let you interact with content like toolbars. Unfortunately, because many ActiveX controls aren’t automatically updated, they can become outdated as new versions are released. It’s very important that you keep your ActiveX controls up-to-date because malicious or compromised Web pages can target security flaws in outdated controls to collect information, install dangerous software, or by let someone else control your computer remotely.”

Cite: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/06/internet-explorer-begins-blocking-out-of-date-activex-controls.aspx

The protection only applies to Windows 7 SP1, IE8+ and Windows 8+ (desktop version) but, does not protect you if the site you are visiting is set to run in the Local Intranet Zone or Trusted Sites Zone.  And, it will only block older versions of Java for now.

 

 
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“Excellent news. Internet Explorer is going to start blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls starting August 12, 2014”

Vincent

Using the internet is not fun anymore since Google or someone decided to make it difficult by forcing https and blocking content I’ve used for years. I finally found a useful Firefox add on that generally allows me to make my own decisions. The blocked content thing seems universal on 4 different browsers, my windows 8.1,windows xp and my Android Nexus 10 tablet. I would love to strangle whoever has ruined my Internet experience! Someone needs to come up with a way to bypass this micro management. I wouldn’t be suprised if the Obama administration had something to do with this. Vincent


Here’s why: http://miki.it/blog/2014/7/8/abusing-jsonp-with-rosetta-flash/ – technical stuff, believe me, you wanna patch.

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Cite: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/07/stay-up-to-date-with-internet-explorer.aspx

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Beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported:

Windows Platform
Internet Explorer Version

Windows Vista SP2
Internet Explorer 9

Windows Server 2008 SP2
Internet Explorer 9

Windows 7 SP1
Internet Explorer 11

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Internet Explorer 11

Windows 8.1
Internet Explorer 11

Windows Server 2012
Internet Explorer 10

Windows Server 2012 R2
Internet Explorer 11

After January 12, 2016, only the most […]

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