Security Quiz Answer

Spyware -- Question No. 1

1.) Which of the following technical measures has the greatest impact on reducing spyware while maintaining Web browsing capabilities?
a. Disabling all ActiveX controls
b. Adjusting browser security settings
c. Blocking specific ActiveX controls from being installed
d. Rejecting cookies

Answer from Blocking spyware via the ActiveX kill bit:
Most spyware installs through an ActiveX plug-in when a browser window is opened. Disabling ActiveX controls entirely can cripple IE to the point where many legitimate sites don't work at all, and using the Trusted and Restricted Sites feature in IE isn't always helpful either. One way to stop spyware from installing itself is to attack it in the Registry, by preemptively blocking specific ActiveX controls from being installed. (Read the rest of this tip.)

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This was first published in May 2005

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