So long ActiveX. Will I miss you?

Summary:I'm following the advice of US CERT and other security wonks and disabling my ActiveX controls in IE. The big question: Will I miss it?

I'm following the advice of US CERT and other security wonks and disabling my ActiveX controls in IE. The big question: Will I miss it?

The short answer is probably not since I mostly use Firefox. However, there are times when I'll toggle over to IE for various reasons and have hit the ActiveX prompt. But given the latest Facebook, MySpace flaws and a conversation about ActiveX support I had earlier I'm going on an ActiveX diet. CERT has a point.

But I'm more interested in the hard core IE users. Has anyone else taken this step? And has it been painful to live without ActiveX?

You can disable your ActiveX controls by going into Internet Options and then unclicking the mumbo jumbo that Microsoft has on by default.

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[ GALLERY: How to use Internet Explorer securely ]

Topics: Enterprise Software, Browser, Microsoft, Software, Software Development

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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