That guide you refer to is probably thinking of older IE versions or the author should relax a bit, heh. You do use IE8 right? Now you know that following guides to the letter often give you a pro vs. con situation. Guides are not written to you personally and tend to try cover every thinkable and unthinkable problem. Take them as helpful hints for what to focus on, not direct orders. Some basics cant be argued like updating OS, programs, have a little AV, Windows Firewall but much more depends, mostly on usage and users, but sometimes also on how relevant warnings/hints are. Conditions change, XP with no servicepack is not the same as updated Vista/7 - guides might not be updated, author might not be updated! So take it easy and dont get infected with too much good advice
Just because a guide is full of wise words does not mean you have to react instantly to avoid infection. Evaluate, make own local policy with guide in mind.
You know limited user account? May be the most effective way of protecting those who really need protection. Must be in guide too, as an absolute must if turning off AciveX is considered valuable. But of course there are possible cons too http://ask-leo.com/are_limited_user_accounts_effective.html
If you have kids, a not so technical wife then pros should outweigh cons easy. If you are only user battle might be more equal. All depends.
Edited by Bambo, 19 August 2009 - 09:22 PM.