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.