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Safer Surfing with "Pinned" Websites

Loyal readers know that I have recommended here that it is time to get off of 32-bit Windows XP, and upgrade to Windows 7 x64. Why? Mainly security. The Internet is a dangerous place, whether you want to hear that or not. Today I have a link to an article those of you who already have Windows 7 should read (IMHO).

“The Pinned Sites feature in IE9 is a great way to integrate your favorite sites into the Windows 7 user experience. Better still, there are five significant security benefits in creating and using Pinned Sites for secure applications like online banking.

First, when you pin a site you trust to your taskbar, and get in the habit of using that pinned icon to launch your secure experience, you can avoid clicking on links in emails, reducing the likelihood of a phishing attack luring you to a phony site. This “secure launch” behavior also helps reduce the possibility of a typo in the address bar sending you to the wrong site…”

Please click here to read the rest of this article.

Today’s free link: How to Easily Backup All of Your Google Doc Files To Your Computer

March 16, 2011 - Posted by | computers, IE 9, Internet, Microsoft, security, software, Windows 7


  1. TechPaul,

    Nice read on the IE9 tips… Thanks for the link back. Is it spring there yet? We are set for a 70 degree day this Friday.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | March 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Rick,
      You have been a roll lately over on your site, and – IMHO – on the top of your game. I hope my readers will make a point of visiting (and hopefully bookmarking) What’s On My PC..

      We are pretty warm here (no 70’s though) and getting rains. Everything is green, and there are some blooms and buds.
      I might call it Spring… and somebody stole an hour from my clocks just the other day.. Maybe we’re due?


      Comment by techpaul | March 16, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hey Paul

    Is IE9 stable and secure enough to use now? I’ve shunned IE for years (With the exception of Windows Update)… I used Netscape before Firefox and Chrome appeared on the scene.

    I have always assumed that since every version of Windows includes IE, most non-savvy users don’t even think of using a different browser, which makes it a prime target for hackers. I’d be willing to wager that 80% or more of average Windows users still run IE. But, I could be wrong…


    Comment by KsTinMan | March 17, 2011 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      I started testing IE 9 with the beta release. As you may already know, Microsoft has been releasing remarkably stable betas of late, and IE 9 was no exception. I used the “release candidate”, and just installed the “RTM” yesterday. From the beginning, IE 9 was far more stable and error free than my fave/main browser, Firefox. In fact, if I could find effective Flash, Advertisement, and Script blockers for IE, I would switch.

      Since the Internet is how cybercriminals and hostile governments attack us (our machines), yes, Internet Explorer is a target for exploit. But so are Firefox/Chrome/Opera/etc.. As well as Windows itself, Java, iTunes, QuickTime, Adobe Reader/Acrobat, Flash, etc.. Short version: the Evil Doers are constantly looking for (and finding) vulnerabilities, and they really don’t care which piece of programming code they find it in except for they prefer to find it in the more popular programs (so they can attack more machines). The main defense is to keep ALL your programs (and Windows is really just a big program) up to date with the most recent version, and apply the latest “patches” (aka “updates”). A great tool for checking that is Secunia’s Online Software Inspector.

      As for your 80%.. I have found that an “average computer user”, these days, are just as likely to have IE + Firefox + Chrome + Safari + 3 or 4 toolbars.. and when I ask why they have four web browsers, they have no .. um.. good answer.
      Windows users are pretty much stuck with keeping IE (as it is ‘tied in’ with the OS), so I recommend using the latest version. And for ‘advanced users’, who wish to (also) use an ‘alternative’ browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.), I recommend only using one (and keeping it up-to-date).
      The fewer programs you have on your machine, the less targets there are.


      Comment by techpaul | March 17, 2011 | Reply

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