If a website asks you to accept an Active X control then I would think carefully before saying YES...... Before you accept any Active X control consider three things:
1 The benefit to you of Accepting the Active X control...... eg being able to access a particular website and its features.
2 Do you trust the website concerned...if you have any doubts then do not accept the Active X control
3 The risks of accepting an Active X control
An Active X control is Microsoft Technology
The point about Microsoft or Windows update using an Active X control is that to use the update service from them you will need to install or allow the installation of the Active X control...(otherwise you won't be able to use the Windows update site)
I trust the Microsoft Update website and therefore have no problem in accepting an Active X control from them...but I do check that I am actually on the official Microsoft Update website and not a fake or replica site!
When determining memory requirements for a computer (either my own, or a customers') I often use the Crucial.com website and use their scanner to scan the computer concerned, identify the memory specifications necessary for compatibility, and get an idea of the price of the recommended memory upgrade...... The Crucial.com scanner will ask me to accept an Active X control to perform the scan..... I trust Crucial.com and as with the Microsoft Update site have no problem with accepting an Active X control for the purposes stated.
The above are examples where I'm happy to accept an Active X control there are many others, but a key point is Number 2 above....Do you trust the website concerned?
To look at some of the perceived risks take a look here:
I hope this helps
To sum up if in doubt dont accept an ActiveX control ..... you may not get the full fuctionallity from a website but you will add to your safety.
Edited by paws, 26 August 2012 - 01:55 PM.