Identity thieves and scammers constantly are exposing vulnerabilities in the software programs that we use for their criminal purposes, which is why it is critical that you update your software programs as soon as possible when security patches and updates become available. Recently Microsoft issued a security advisory in which the company indicated that it had discovered a serious vulnerability in the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, two of the older Windows software programs. At the moment Microsoft has not developed a sufficient update or patch to remedy this problem, however, Microsoft does recommend a Workaround, which is a setting or configuration change that will not remedy the vulnerability, but will block attacks until a patch can be developed.
The full Microsoft Security Advisory including instructions as to how to construct a Workaround that will block attacks attempting to take advantage of the identified vulnerability in the affected software programs can be found by clicking on the following link and going to the Microsoft Security Advisory. If you use either of these programs, it is critical that you take this preventive action.