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Hi, I've read contradictory articles on the web as to wether ActiveX is supported on the Mac or not. What I really need to know, basically, is if Mac users can potentially install an ActiveX dialer from a website, by clicking yes on an ActiveX security certificate, on IE for Mac, or even Safari, Mozilla, Netscape, etc... I'm talking about those malicious type of dialers which call numbers with high fees, leaving the clueless user with crazy phone bills at the end of the month. Thanks for any input...

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    Hi,

    I've read contradictory articles on the web as to wether ActiveX is
    supported on the Mac or not. What I really need to know, basically, is if
    Mac users can potentially install an ActiveX dialer from a website, by
    clicking yes on an ActiveX security certificate, on IE for Mac, or even
    Safari, Mozilla, Netscape, etc... I'm talking about those malicious type of
    dialers which call numbers with high fees, leaving the clueless user with
    crazy phone bills at the end of the month.

    Thanks for any input


    Frédéric Guest

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    "Frédéric Mathieu" wrote: 

    It's not.
     

    Wow... I'm really glad it's not, now..

    -jcr
    John Guest

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    In article <onymc.26885$videotron.net>,
    "Frédéric Mathieu" <qc.ca> wrote:
     

    I vaguely recall Microsoft had ActiveX ported to the Mac around System
    7 or thereabouts, as part of its Office applications. However, a lot has
    changed between now and then, and I'm not even sure whether Office v. X
    still includes this code. It's very unlikely at best, and it definitely
    wasn't a supported API for anything more except messing with Office
    and/or IE.
     

    Nope, no version of ActiveX that I know of supported modifying any of
    the system configuration to such an extent. And on MacOS X, you'd need
    administrator privileges to install anything like that, which means you
    *should* by all means be asked for your password even *if* ActiveX was
    able to modify that part of the system prefs.
     

    Note that in many countries, dialers like that are illegal, and in some
    countries use of dialers (even "benevolent" ones) is restricted to a
    certain range of phone numbers. Here in Germany, you can simply refuse
    to pay your bill if your computer dialed into a phone number that isn't
    in the legal range for dialers, and you can also ask some phone
    companies to "turn off" the dialer phone number range for your "account".

    Hope that helps,
    -- Uli
    Uli Guest

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    <onymc.26885$videotron.net>:
     

    ActiveX does not run on the Mac and never will run on the Mac.
    It's a Microsoft invention and requires low-level interference
    with the operating system. It's also, as you've heard, a
    horrible security risk.

    Simon.
    --
    Using pre-release version of newsreader.
    Please tell me if it does weird things.
    Simon Guest

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