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Powerpoint attacks

Hackers have long used common data files like Microsoft Word and Excel to infect victims, generally through e-mail.

By now, it’s been drilled into your head not to open documents and spreadsheets that come as e-mail attachments unless you’re absolutely sure of the source.

Well now you need to add another popular Microsoft product to the watch list: PowerPoint.

Microsoft is warning of a vulnerability in Windows that would allow a malicious Powerpoint file to fully exploit your computer.

They’ve also determined that this exploit is actively being used, so be on the watch.

They’re working on a patch, but in the meantime, they’ve posted a temporary fix online.

Frankly, I stopped using Powerpoint years ago and prefer the free online tools from Prezi.com.

Not only is it a safer way to share presentations, the templates and built in animation make your information more interesting to view.