Security, Microsoft style

by Volker Weber

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 833786 - Steps that you can take to help identify and to help protect yourself from deceptive (spoofed) Web sites and malicious hyperlinks:

The most effective step that you can take to help protect yourself from malicious hyperlinks is not to click them. Rather, type the URL of your intended destination in the address bar yourself. By manually typing the URL in the address bar, you can verify the information that Internet Explorer uses to access the destination Web site. To do so, type the URL in the Address bar, and then press ENTER.

May I suggest to use a different software? Mozilla is out, free, and better.


Immensely better.

Jan-Piet Mens, 2004-01-29

In addition, there's NewsMonster (, a feature-rich and Mozilla integrated feed reader and some very useful extentions like PrefBar and LiveHTTPHeaders (just to name a few) at .

Wolfgang Flamme, 2004-01-30

mozdev indeed is a great place. Of course, without the great plugins listed there it wouldnt be that great ;-)

Hippocalamus is a great plugin I use heavily. You can search in your bookmarks AND in the url-history. Great tool.

ContentGetter is great, too. Maybe I should compile a list of plugins I use...

BTW, any idea what word to use instead of 'great'? ;)

sascha, 2004-01-30

Sascha - You could use terrific, fabulous, amazing, awesome.

Ben Langhinrichs, 2004-01-30

To go off on a tangent: NewsMonster? Eek.

I read the main site and could find nothing about Firebird... it just mentioned working with Mozilla 1. So what the hell, I installed it in Firebird; the browser seemed happy enough.

Er, nope. Dead. Kills Firebird totally. Just had to re-install it.

Ben Poole, 2004-01-30

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