SECURITY ALERT!! Microsoft is warning that you must disable your clock and other gadgets immediately. Details follow.
I really enjoy having a clock, calendar, and the weather displayed on my computer desktop. I’ve had these and several other gadgets on my desktop for years and I am quite fond of seeing them every day. They have become constant companions. According to Microsoft, however, we must all end our relationship with gadgets. Microsoft is recommending that all users immediately disable the Windows Gadgets and the Windows Sidebar in which they reside.
A recently issued Microsoft security advisory indicates that the Sidebar and Gadgets has vulnerabilities that can allow hackers to access and, if the logged-in user has Administrative rights, completely control a computer.
Microsoft’s announcement came after an upcoming Black Hat security conference announced a presentation entitled “We Have You by the Gadgets,” which will, no doubt, show the vulnerabilities in gadgets. This presentation is scheduled for July 20, 2012, which explains why Microsoft is telling us to disable the Gadgets and Sidebar immediately.
Here’s the rub. Microsoft is not even going to try to repair the problem. They simply advise you to remove the gadgets. To their credit, they have provided an easy way to do this with a few clicks by using their automated Microsoft Fix-it. Just click on this Fix-it link and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Then choose the Mr. Fix-it Man that says “Disable Sidebar and Gadgets.” Agree to the download and follow the instructions. It only takes a few minutes.
Even though Microsoft made it easy to get rid of the gadgets, I am still a bit peeved. They are ompletely taking away a feature that I paid for and that I use every day. I would much rather see Microsoft solve the problem rather than simply give up.
However, if you don’t want to give a hacker access to your computer, it is best to disable the Sidebar & Gadgets as soon as possible.
I just nuked my gadgets!! Drats…. I know that the bad guys are out there making our lives difficult. I just wish that Microsoft was fighting them on this!