If a website tells you to hit the F1 key – don’t

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The top row of your keyboard has the Function keys (F1 through F12).  Depending onwhat you’re doing, these keys do different things.  Normally, the F1 key is what you hit when you are requesting Help (such as in Microsoft Word).  However – don’t strike the F1 key if a website instructs you to.

F1 key

Microsoft recently made this announcement as a result of a problem with Internet Explorer.  The vulnerability was discovered by a researcher in Poland.  There will be a patch for this in the near future, but in the meantime – don’t hit that F1 key!

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April 12th, 2010

Welcome to 2005, this is nothing new


Scott Johnson
April 12th, 2010

Apparently Microsoft feels that it is something new, which is why they just announced it. In addition, it’s not something that a lot of people are aware of. There’s a big difference between F1 causing Internet Explorer to close (the knowledge base article you cited), and Internet Explorer being exploited for malicious purposes (the recent announcement).

Really, just another reason to use Firefox.