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An alarming flaw was discovered
in Internet Explorer's Vector Markup Language (VML) coding which allowed
hackers and cyberthieves to plant malicious computer
code on thousands of websites. (VML is used for high-quality vector graphics on
the Web.) By clicking on a tainted website, control of your computer could turn
over to the attacker. E-mail spam is being used to lure victims to these
websites; many designed to steal account log-ons and
other sensitive data. In some cases, the malicious program can be activated by
simply opening the e-mail message or having it appear in the preview window of
your Outlook inbox.
Microsoft quickly released a security patch for the VML problem and strongly encourages all Internet Explorer users to download and install this patch if they have not done so already. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-oct.mspx. This is a good time to remind you that the easiest and most reliable way to help protect your PC from the latest Internet threats is by signing up for Automatic Updates at http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/update/msupdate_keep_current.mspx. When your computer is connected to the Internet, the Automatic Updates service analyzes the Microsoft software installed on your computer and checks for any high-priority updates you need—both current and past. It then downloads the updates for you and installs them at the time you choose.
This recent VML problem is the latest in a surge of attacks focused on the relatively unprotected Web browsers. Browsers are appealing to cyberthieves because everyone has them and they provide a window to the outside world and a potential way to break into computers. While this exploit targets only Internet Explorer, it is vitally important to stay on top of security issues and install updates promptly regardless of the computer or Web browser you use.
Of course, it is also important to use and regularly update your computer's anti-virus software. Always scan file attachments of all incoming e-mail messages—even messages from people you trust. Many viruses and worms are spread over networks, through attachments, and by sharing storage media such as diskettes, Zip disks, and CDs. You have the ultimate responsibility for protecting your computer against these threats.
Polar will soon begin
offering Internet Security Software to our Internet Customers. This software
would be a replacement to a Customers Norton Antivirus for example.
The software (Secure IT from Security Coverage) will be offered to the customer for only $4.95 per month with an option of a supported install for $9.95. With the supported install, a Securtiy Coverage Technician will remotely install the software on the customer's computer and clean the computer of any virus or spyware. With this install, we will guarantee to the customer that their system is threat free and will stay threat free for as long as they are using the service.
Along with the Anti-virus and Spyware protection, customers will also receive Managed Microsoft Operating system Patch Management, Integrated Pop-up blocker and Hard drive optimization and maintenance.
We continue to work each day to provide the highest quality Internet services. Look for more information on this service through Polar soon!
Question: I need to do some
calculations for converting standard measurements to metric. What site do you
suggest for this?
Answer: There are many sites that contain measurement converters, but one of the simplest can be found at google.com. Simply go to www.google.com. For example, type in "9890 yards in centimeters" (without the quotes) into the search field. Click your cursor arrow on the "Search" button and your answer (904341.6 centimeters) will appear. This tool works when figuring units of measure, math problems, physical constants, and, of course, conversions. Give it a try.
Before Heading To The Theater
http://GradingTheMovies.com - Prevent getting embarrassed or offended when taking your family to a movie by first reading the movie reviews listed at GradingTheMovies.com. The site screens and then grades movies based on their violence, sex, language, and drug and alcohol content. This site provides information about movies that is not provided on the back of the video boxes or during movie previews.
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/turkeyleftovers/turkey.html - Once Thanksgiving dinner is done, what do you do with all the turkey that fills up your frig? Sure, you can make turkey sandwiches. But if you're hungry for something a bit more exciting, get inspired at recipegoldmine.com. From Gobble Gobble Casserole to Mexican Turkey Tortilla Soup, there's a recipe here to please any family.
Play Jeopardy! Online
http://www.jeopardy.com - If you can't get enough of Alex Trebek and this hugely popular game show, try your hand at the online version. It's fast-paced fun that covers the same kinds of categories you see on TV. Or test your music knowledge with the new online Rock & Roll Jeopardy! You can also find out how to become a contestant, take a 360° set tour, check out the message board, and even buy a Jeopardy! ringtone. Without question, this could be the answer to a dull afternoon.
All Lit Up
http://www.deckthehallsmovie.com/ - Here's a holiday movie that takes a humorous look at the competitive "sport" of Christmas decorating in the suburbs. When new neighbor Danny (Danny DeVito) sets out to create the biggest holiday light display in the world, it turns the neighborhood into a nightmare. Steve (Matthew Broderick), a suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, finds his previously well-planned life suddenly turned upside down. In theaters in November, this electrically charged family film has the power to light up the season.
http://www.delphion.com/gallery - Convinced you have a great idea for a new invention? Apparently, so do a lot of other people. This site features dozens of strange and intriguing patents including an anti-eating face mask, a body squeegee glove, an inflatable rug that becomes a mattress, and a bird diaper. What will they think of next? There's also a link to the Gallery of Historic Patents such as the 1955 one for Velcro.
More people are choosing
to send their Christmas cards via e-mail rather than through traditional
mailing methods. Many recipients, however, are hesitant about opening e-mail
attachments even from friends because of the viruses and worms floating around
the Web. What to do? Why not create your own e-mail Christmas card by pasting
images (family vacation photos, for instance) into the message pane of your
e-mail message? It's easy to do. It's a good idea to only use pictures with a
small file size as using large picture files will result in slow download times
for dial-up connections.
To add pictures to your e-mail messages, follow these steps:
Using Windows XP SP2 Home Edition and Outlook Express 6
Using Netscape 7.2 on Windows XP SP2 and Mac OS X 10.4.9
Using Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 for the Macintosh OS X 10.4.9 and Windows XP
Using Mail.app 2.1.1 for Macintosh OS X 10.4.9
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The E-Connections Team
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