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IE 7 build will limit hacker attacks

Date: August 31, 2006
Source: ZDNet UK

Microsoft isn't ready to release Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2, but it has released Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (IE 7 RC1) to the public. If you already have IE 7 beta 3 installed, you won't immediately notice any changes. Microsoft has improved performance, stability, security and application compatibility -- not exactly 'eye-candy' features. Microsoft has also completed its Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) changes, added foreign-language support and now provides an auto-install of previous IE 7 builds (previously, you had to remove the current IE 7 build before you installed the latest version). That said, IE 7 RC1 is clearly intended for Web developers and those looking to test its features in advance of the final release, still expected sometime before the end of 2006.

Microsoft raises the bar on its own security, with a default Medium High setting on its security zone. If you ever need to lower the security zone settings -- say, to install new software via download -- you'll see a golden bar across the top of the screen, reminding you that you are now surfing under less-than-secure settings. You can use a one-click menu option to change the zone settings back. Microsoft has also neutered all but the most essential ActiveX Controls. If you need more, you'll be asked to activate them on a case-by-case basis. This should limit criminal-hacker attack vectors within IE 7.
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