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Old Jun 06, 2002, 07:31 PM
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as nokia buyer says that is the weakness but if its not a program you reckonise i.e internet explorer dont allow it access it shouldnt affect you in anyway, certain windows programs that run in the background try to access the internet know and then but they wont affect you if you dissalow them. so basically just dissalow anything you dont reckongnise, if you have any problems with internet access or any programs you use that access the internet just make a note of the program name and search for it in google to find out what it does.
And no zone alarm isnt 100% safe but neither is any other software firewall.
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Old Jun 06, 2002, 08:52 PM
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Some very sound advice has been wrote in this thread but I think the main point is that it is impossible to secure a computer 100%, especially a Windows computer. In my opinion the most secure windows OS is win2k.

If you are leaving your comp connected then I would strongly suggest that you get a hardware firewall, of some kind, and back it up with a good software firewall. A relatively cheap method of getting a hardware firewall is to get a router, such as the SMC Baricade. This has the added advantage of allowing all your computers to access the net and your printer no matter what computers are turned on, assuming you have more than one computer

It is also worth noting that I posted here about a severe security issue in IE, which also affects Outlook and Outlook express but unfortunately it has now dissapeared (well I couldn't find it ). It is quite possible that a simple HTML code could launch a program on your computer, ie a virus, trojan, format.exe etc. To prevent this disable ActiveX and Active scripting, within IE and follow the following Reg hack

Edit
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\0]
and change the value of "1004" (DWORD) from "0" to "3".

Before starting back up your registry.
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Old Jun 14, 2002, 05:59 PM
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The html exploit is pottentionally nasty but doesent really pose that much of a threat in general, the main threat in my opinion would be the activation of windows file sharing options etc, but as for format.exe wont run while user is logged on to windows and the launching of viruses trojans well that is only if there on your computer if thats the case there more than likely already installed.
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Old Jun 20, 2002, 08:53 PM
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Hi UK_Trader

You'll live and learn I just hope it aint a costly education
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Old Jun 21, 2002, 05:17 AM
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You think, I dont. You give an example of the worst this exploit can do not could potentially but can.
 

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