quote: If the relevance isn't quite apparent: normally-safe website can become unsafe . It happens all the time. And no, just using an alternative browser will not make you safe from the tactics being used :) They include exploiting unpatched Windows vulnerabilties and third-party vulnerabilities as well."
quote: ...The malware exploited a previously unknown vulnerability in Real Player that was patched on Friday.....Windows users who used Internet Explorer to visit certain sites hosted by Tripod.com and Lycos.com were silently infected if they also had RealPlayer installed, according to a report issued on Symantec's DeepSight Threat Management System....
quote: The bottom line is that unlike WinXP SP1 or SP0, a WinXP SP2-equipped computer is not likely to get immediately subverted if you happen to plug it into your modem directly. We're talking the difference between a sloth and a panther here.
quote: And considering you find the "Security Center and Windows Firewall" a "feature" I have to call into question your sanity. Sure Windows Firewall may seem like it's better than nothing except it isn't because it gives a false sense of security which is why it's bad. Install a virus in the system and the "firewall" can easily be disabled which is why I'm against any form of "software firewalls".