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IE7 phishing filter success…

October 30th 2007 in Uncategorized

Hi all,

According to the latest mail-out by the Windows Team at Microsoft Australia (“Exploring Windows”), the IE7 phishing filter is now preventing nearly one million visits per week to known dangerous websites – that’s one million potential malware infections, one million potential financial thefts, one million potential identity thefts.

The October 2007 mail-out also features my article “Better Browsing“, which is cool.

If you have not upgraded to IE7 yet, why not?  It’s been more than a year, now, since IE7 was first released and I would hope that most sites and add-ons would have been updated by now to work with IE7.

If you have a business application that is preventing you from upgrading, then I encourage you to talk to your vendor about when an upgrade will be made available – IE7’s safety improvements are simply too important in the current Internet threat environment.  Granted, IE7 is not a panacea (look at the recent Adobe / IE7 / Windows XP vulnerability), but in the current environment of iframe exploits, browser-hijacking Flash based advertisements, drive-by downloads and phishing, your users need all the help they can get.

If you would like to subscribe to the Microsoft Australia “Exploring Windows” newsletter you can do so here (you’ll need a passport ID).


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“IE7 phishing filter success…”


I not have money for legal!

Check this out:http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/web_services_browser/who_jacked_my_browser_to_google.html?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535
“During the first hour or so, I needed to search for something. Live Search was the only provider, as would be expected. Sometime later, I decided to add Google as a search option. But when I clicked on the Microsoft link to “find more providers,” IE 7 went to a Google search page. […]

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