the Internet is to be considered a dangerous activity!
Your Web Browser has become a weapon for the "Dark Forces" of the
Internet to use against you without your knowledge or consent. Java and
ActiveX are relatively new programming languages for use on the Internet
within your Browser.
These programs load into your computer and then execute, here is where
the problem is. The original intent was for programmers to write programs
that would enhance your Web Browsing experience. The Virus writers and
Hackers are in heaven with the advent of Java and ActiveX, they have been
able to exploit this technology for their gain. You have a couple choices
at this point in time.
Take a break from this article, fire up your Browser, do the following
exercise and then come back to finish the article.
Only visit Web Sites that are known to be safe.
Turn off the Java and ActiveX capabilities of your Browser.
Get SurfinShield by Finjan Software Ltd.
Browse the following sites:
You now have an idea of the power that Java and ActiveX has given those
who would exploit their use. You now have a line of defense against those
hostile applets by using SurfinShield. SurfinShield is a program that helps
you deal with applets, think of it as a desktop firewall. SurfinShield
can alert you when you come across an applet, it can kill applets if it
is in the database as being hostile. You can setup all your individual
preferences though the Setting Dialog box. The defaults have worked fine
for me in the 30 days I have been testing the program.
DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT try the links on this site without taking
some precautions. Turn off the Java and ActiveX capabilities of your Browser.
This site is a collection of Hostile Applets, and will open your eyes.
I read about this site, checked it out and turned off my Java capabilities.
This is a safe site provided by TechWeb The bookmark is only an
article. This site explains what a Hacker Group in Germany, Chaos, has
demonstrated. If you use Quicken's Internet on-line bill paying feature
they could extract money out of your account, without your knowledge. Chaos
did not say that they had posted the ActiveX applet yet, but did demonstrate
that the applet did work. Microsoft and Quicken have expressed concerns,
some public, some private.
The Database can be updated by you at anytime.
The program does not require a lot of resources, and runs in the background
as you surf the Web. I recommend this software to any Web Surfer, it is
as important as having an antivirus software. The Internet has plenty of
Java and ActiveX applets that make the Web more exciting and interesting,
but at the same time dangerous for those who are not protected.
SurfinShield has a 30 day evaluation version on their Web Site. The
full version is available for $99 direct from the Finjan Web Site.
Late Breaking News: Santa Clara, Calif. February 25, 1997: Finjan Software,
the leader in Java and ActiveX security, today announced SurfinShield Xtra,
the first security solution that lets Internet users enforce an ActiveX
and Java desktop security policy
System Requirements: Windows 95, Windows NT, Unix Netscape Navigator
2.0 or above; or Microsoft Explorer 3.0 or above 2 MB disk space.