In a surprising reversal of policy, Microsoft has decided to issue a patch for Windows XP-based users of their Internet Explorer Web browser, Reuters reports. The flaw was slated to go un-patched for Windows XP, which would have permanently left the versions of Internet Explorer that are compatible with the dated OS vulnerable to the flaw. Microsoft reportedly stated as recently as Wednesday that the bug would be left untreated for XP.“We decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers,” Microsoft spokeswoman Adrienne Hall said in a statement.This comes after Windows XP users were warned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to stop using Internet Explorer because of the threat posed by the vulnerability. The DHS recommended using alternative Web browsers instead, like Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox.Microsoft described the security hole as “a remote code execution vulnerability” which “could allow an attacker … [Read more...] about Microsoft bails out XP users with unexpected Internet Explorer zero-day flaw patch
Windows 7 beta over the weekend and have spent the last couple of days putting it through the paces. And, even though it is only at the first Beta stage, I must say that I'm pretty impressed with what I have experienced so far. At this point, Windows 7 appears to be a solid and stable operating system with all the features that you would expect in a beta 2 or release candidate version.There are a lot of things in the Windows 7 operating system that are pretty much the same as in Vista, but there are also a lot of new and exciting features and changes. Regardless of how stable this version seems, it is still a beta, so I won't really tackle any performance issues — I'll wait until we get closer to the real deal. In this edition of the Windows Vista Report, I'll take a look at one of the features in Windows 7 that really jumped out at me — the new Taskbar. This blog post is also available in PDF format in a TechRepublic download. If you want to get a full look at the Windows … [Read more...] about Explore the new Taskbar features in Windows 7 beta
The Internet hosts billions of web pages but a large chunk of this material may be inappropriate for your young children. Therefore, let’s explore a couple of easy ways that can possibly help parents prevent kids from viewing the dark side of the world wide web.You don’t have be a tech-savvy person to implement any of the following stuff on your home computer(s) and all the software tools / services discussed here are available for free via the Internet. Block Adult Sites AutomaticallySince you don’t want kids to accidentally see any of sites that contain adult content, an easy option for blocking such sites is OpenDNS.You don’t have to download or install any software – just go to opendns.com/start in any Internet browser, choose the “Computer” option (let’s keep it simple) and follow the instructions on the screen. Once your computer is configured with OpenDNS, go to Dashboard -> Settings and set the Filtering level to either … [Read more...] about Protect Your Kids from Adult Content on the Internet
Here’s a complete guide to some of the best tools that will help you track what other people are saying about you, your business or your products on other websites, forums and social media sites.You can secretly "listen" to conversations happening on the web in almost real-time and can then respond if you think a "negative" comment posted on another site may harm your own reputation or that of your brand.All the "buzz monitoring" services mentioned in this guide are available for free and they can help you monitor almost every part of the "public" web including blogs, forums, websites, video sites, user comments and even some social networks.Monitor Your Name or Business on the Internet1. Google Search – Type your name (or that your business) in the Google search box and use the "Past 24 hours" with "Sort by Date" option to find the most recent web pages, blog posts, forum threads, etc. that are talking about you (see example). If people tend to misspell your name, you … [Read more...] about Who’s Talking About You on the Internet?
You have a dozen different websites loaded in Internet Explorer and suddenly the browser freezes up. The menu bar, the close button and all the tabs become unresponsive so what can you do to restore the session?Internet Explorer (version 8) features “automatic crash recovery” so if a single tab crashes due to, say, a bad plug-n, IE will automatically restart that tab alone without touching the other open websites.However, when the entire browser comes to a halt, try this tip. Start the task manager (Alt + Ctrl + Del) and sort the process list by “memory.” Now select iexplore.exe processes that are consuming the least amount of memory (from bottom to top) and end them one by one by hitting the delete key. Your frozen IE application should terminate in the second or third attempt. Restart the IE browser and it will show a dialog asking you to confirm whether you really want to restore the previously open websites – say Yes and that’s it!This trick … [Read more...] about What to do When your Internet Explorer Hangs?
Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 6 some 10 years ago around the same time as Windows XP. Lot has changed in the browser world since then but IE 6, the most criticized browser of all times, refuses to go away.According to recent data from Net Applications, one-third of all Internet users in China still rely on Internet Explorer 6 to go online while in South Korea, IE 6 market-share is as has as ~25%. Overall, IE 6 is used by 12% users world-wide. A World free of Internet Explorer 6In a bid to encourage IE 6 users migrate to modern browsers, Microsoft has put up a new website – IE6Countdown.com – where you can watch the current usage of IE6 in different parts of the world.The site also provides a line of code that you may add to your website template and if there’s site visitor using IE6, they’ll be shown a message to upgrade to the latest version of IE.Update: Microsoft’s #ie6countdown campaign will suggest only Internet Explorer to your iE 6 but if … [Read more...] about Internet Explorer 6 – Not as Unpopular as you Might Think!
Internet Explorer 9 is out of beta and the final version is immediately available for download for Windows 7 and Vista systems. If you are on XP, you are out of luck because Microsoft has decided to drop support for Windows XP with IE 9 even though XP still has a 55% market share.While it may be hard for Microsoft to convince users of Google Chrome and Firefox to make the switch to Internet Explorer, the new version 9 is definitely a significant improvement, both in terms of features and speed, over any of the previous releases.One change that you’ll immediately notice in IE 9 is the sleek interface. There are no toolbars and the search box has finally been clubbed into the address bar on the lines of Google Chrome. What I like about IE’s implementation is that you can switch search engines for a query while typing the query itself whereas in Chrome, that can only be done from the Options page.Internet Explorer 9 discourages the use of add-ons even if you are using ones … [Read more...] about Internet Explorer 9 Available for Download
This article describes how you can force Internet Explorer browser to always render all web pages in Google Chrome even if the site doesn’t carry the Chrome meta tag.You love Google Chrome more than Internet Explorer but since you work in a corporate environment, you aren’t allowed to install Google’s browser on your office computer. How do you use Chrome then?Well, you have two options. You can either use the portable version of Chrome (it doesn’t require installation) or you may download the Chrome Frame plugin that, in simple English, will let you run Google Chrome inside Internet Explorer itself.The Google Chrome Frame plugin is available for all versions of Windows Internet Explorer (including IE 6).There is a minor problem. If are want to open a website inside Internet Explorer using Google Chrome Frame, you need to manually prefix the URL with “cf:” (without quotes) to activate the Chrome engine. For example, you’ll have to type … [Read more...] about How to Force Internet Explorer to Always Use Google Chrome
“Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?”If you open a secure web page inside Internet Explorer 8 (one that begins with https like the Gmail web site or even Amazon.com), you might see a security warning dialog that says – “This webpage contains content that will not be delivered using a secure HTTPS connection, which could compromise the security of the entire webpage.”This is annoying because IE won’t remember your choice and the warning message will appear every time you visit that page or web site. It basically means that the secure (https) web page that you are trying to open contains images and other elements that are hosted on a non-https location. They call it mixed content.Disable “Mixed Content” Warnings in IEIf you would like to disable this security warning forever, go to Tools -> Internet Options and select the Security tab. Make sure the “Internet” zone is selected and … [Read more...] about Disable Mixed Content Warning in Internet Explorer
There are three dates associated with any “public” web page that’s available on the Internet:#1. The publication date – this is the date when an article or web page is first uploaded on to a public website where humans and search engines can find and access that page.#2. The indexed date – this is the date when search engine spiders first discover a web page on the Internet. Given the fact that Google has become so good at crawling fresh content, the date of first-crawl is often the same as the actual publication date (#1).#3. The cache date – this is the date when a web page was last crawled by the Googlebot. Search engines often re-crawl web pages every few days or weeks, sometimes multiple times in a day like for news website, to check if the content has changed.In the case of news articles, the publishing date of the web page is included but in situations where the date is not specified (or you think the mentioned date in … [Read more...] about Find the Date When a Web Page was First Published on the Internet