On Tuesday, July 10th, 2012, Microsoft released a security advisory regarding sidebar gadgets in Windows Vista and Windows 7. All gadgets, old and new, now pose a security threat to your computer. They can be compromised to allow a hacker to have access to your PC and all of your data. Microsoft’s current solution is to disable gadgets completely. Follow this link for the “fix” and to read more about it – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2719662
Here is Microsoft’s official recommendation: “Customers who are concerned about vulnerable or malicious Gadgets should apply the automated Fix It solution as soon as possible. For more information, see the Suggested Actions section of this advisory.”
To be safe, CompuType IT Solutions recommends that you follow Microsoft’s suggestion and disable your gadgets. You can use the “Fix It” application found at the Microsoft link above, or disable the gadgets manually. Hopefully MS will provide a solution to this issue, to keep all the gadget users happy. If you are not comfortable making these changes and repairs yourself, just give us a call and we’ll be glad to assist.
CompuType would also like to remind you to keep your Windows Updates current, as well as your Anti-Virus, Java, Flash or any other application that constantly nags you to update it. Most of the updates these companies push out are to fix security vulnerabilities, so it is good practice to keep up with them. If you’d like to have CompuType help you keep up with these issues, just give us a call. We can set you up with remote support, using GoToCompu, or one of our skilled technicians can stop by and take care of your issues.