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    Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    ZDNet has put out an article, So long Active-X , that advises shutting off Active-X controls.

    Shouldn't a firewall protect against issues this might cause?

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    I haven't read all the articles, the one you linked and the following at CERT etc. but I've heard about the exploits for Face this and My that et al ( <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>).

    My questions to you regarding firewall protection in this case are: how would it do it and why?

    If you have insalled an ActiveX control and have the correct settings in IE, why and how would a firewall block your use of the ActiveX control?

    On the other hand there are other steps one can take if one use IE; disable ActiveX controls or set IE to prompt and/or using SpywareBlaster's feature to set kill bits to block certain ActiveX controls being installed.

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    <hr>ZDNet has put out an article, So long Active-X , that advises shutting off Active-X controls.

    Shouldn't a firewall protect against issues this might cause?<hr>
    Goodbye YouTube? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    Firewalls do not separately filter ActiveX controls unless they have a special feature to do so. Why not? An ActiveX control is a little code package that runs inside another Windows application. Therefore, if you have approved that application to contact the Internet, the ActiveX control also has permission to do so. When you load a Flash video in the Internet Explorer, it is Internet Explorer the firewall permits to make the request.

    Conversely, ActiveX controls get onto your computer through a request from an approved application.

    There are some firewalls that specifically filter for downloads of new ActiveX controls, such as Outpost Firewall Pro. It might also read the pages and detect requests for content by ActiveX controls (I can't remember; I don't use it any more). However, unless you turn on those features, your firewall is of no assistance.

    I have the setting on "Prompt" in the Internet Zone and "Enable" in the Trusted Sites zone and "Disable" in the Restricted Sites zone. This is a little annoying until you build up your lists, but it works pretty well after that.

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    Good plan, Jefferson.

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    Argus:

    Sounds like you and Jefferson are "sort of" on the same page...

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    ActiveX has been and continues to be a big security headache. But,many sites depend on it. Here's some perspective on the 'sky is falling' - Microsoft Watch - Security - ActiveX Controls Out of Control.

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    Joe:

    Yea, that's why maybe (for me at least) Jefferson's recommendation on the settings might be the best overall solution... At least then the option remains in the user's hands, and, used carefully, should, it would seem, be OK.

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    Ah... thanks Joe.

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

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    Re: Internet Security Settings (IE 7)

    Thanks Joe...

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