IE 7 – Secure Your Tablet PC and Keep Your Privacy!

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I work with multiple websites, hardware and software titles on a daily basis. It’s my job. Although I am very familiar with potentially malicious emails or websites, I can occasionally (while my mind is on other tasks at hand) let my guard down. Just yesterday I could have made a mistake that would have compromised my entire bank account, PayPal account and possibly even some previously filed credit card information.

THE STORY

So I get this email from “PayPal”…


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Honestly I’ve had this nonsense arrive in my inbox before, so I did a double take on this one. Interestingly enough though, this spoofed email took me to a link that not only had the duplicate of the PayPal front page, but a domain/address that appeared in my IE address box that was in fact convincing enough to fool an innocent user like my mom.


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At this point it is easy for the unknowing user to just start to type in there ID and Password (trouble). If the user is using Internet Explorer 6, they can just type away, hit enter and poof, there goes your financial security. Get ready to call your bank, sweat a bit, possibly have your identity stolen and all the while lose some cash. Sounds delightful!

Back to my story, I did a little test with Microsoft’s IE 7 Public Beta. As soon as I clicked in the first box, the browser immediately took over to warn me. I was automatically taken to this page:


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I also received more detailed information via this pop-up window.


Is this type of protection revolutionary? No. It’s been available through a host of third party applications for awhile. But should Windows users have to pay for it? And does your mom, grandparents or loved ones have protection against this type of potentially devastating trap?

It’s really great to see that Microsoft is keeping the promise to provide more secure computing for Windows users. If Internet Explorer 7 Public Beta Preview is a hint of the security Vista will bring then issues like this may become a thing of the past. Let’s hope so!

For more information and to download Internet Explorer 7 Public Beta go here.
           

Barry

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