and Security Holes Found in Microsoft Internet Explorer Browser
Explorer (IE) vulnerabilities have been exposed by Israeli
hacker Matan Gillon. This new hole gives phishers a way to scan the
hard drives of Google Desktop users, when the IE browser is used.
Apparently there is a flaw in the way IE processes Web pages.
Websites could steal sensitive information like credit card numbers
or passwords from your hard drive when visiting sites where the
pages are created with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). These “style
sheets” are a quick method some developers use to make the site look
uniform with the same fonts and headers on each page (along with
other functional appearances).
The hole will
allow thieves to scan the hard drives of Google Desktop users and
even steal sensitive credit card information you may have stored in
your emails (or elsewhere). They can also take your stored password
information. This can all be done by reading the Google Desktop Web
A person can use
fraud by sending you an email asking you to visit their site. This
activity is called phishing. If you are using IE and have Google’s
Desktop installed the hacker can access any of your desktop
The experts agree
this is a flaw with IE and not in the Google Desktop application.
You can avoid being compromised by switching to another Internet
browser like Opera or Firefox. Opera has an advantage of built in
RSS reader, but both use a tabbed page format. You can have
multiple pages open in the same browser.
Your other option
Active Scripting in the IE Internet Options panel / menu. If you do
this you will lose some functionality. Our advice is to
download Opera and save yourself
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