Friday, July 20, 2012

Is Your Sidebar Safe?

This week Microsoft revealed that security flaws have been found in the sidebar and gadgets found in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Microsoft is saying that gadgets “can harm your computer and can access your computer's files, show you objectionable content, or change their behavior at any time.” They are recommending that all Windows 7 and Vista users disable their sidebars and all gadgets immediately.

What exactly is the threat? Apparently, a person with the right now-how can access your running gadgets and use them to run malicious code. This would allow them to download and install viruses, transmit your personal information or conduct attacks on other systems. All of these actions would be performed without your knowing.

This appears to be a very serious threat, and a fundamental flaw in the sidebar and gadget coding. Microsoft is not releasing a patch to make the programs more secure, they are simply telling you to turn them off altogether. Microsoft has also dropped gadgets from the upcoming Windows 8.

What do you need to do? I am attaching a link to the bottom of this post that will download a Microsoft Fix It program that will automatically disable your sidebar and gadgets. If you are running Windows 7 or Vista and still have not deactivated your gadgets and sidebar, I would strongly recommend that you download and run this program.

 Microsoft Fix-It to disable gadgets and sidebars:

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