Have you heard about the F1 botton problem?

Chile
March 12, 2010 12:41pm CST
My sister told me that when you press the F1 botton when you are viewing a page you are at risk of opening doors to hackers, and also that they have taken advantage of it makeing sites where to go in you must press that botton, my sister watched this in a documental, but do you think is it true?
10 responses
• United States
13 Mar 10
A lot of things puts you at risk for hackers. Handing your password out, forgetting to log out and clear all information on shared computers, not keeping your virus and spyware checkers up to date, and so on. I've read the article on the PC web site concerning the F1 button, and I'm a little surprised by this. Usually Microsoft is careful to prevent things like this, which means someone messed up somewhere or there was a bad egg in the mix. I also wonder if this relates to new XP OS. I've had my desktop computer since 2007 and I have never had a problem with the F1 button. But let's just hope they will get a patch out soon for the problem to fix it. At least before people really start having trouble.
@LaDeBoheme (1976)
• United States
12 Mar 10
Yes! This is a real threat and affects XP, not Vista or 7. It is a vulnerability in IE6, 7, and 8. This issue was posted on 2/26/10. Read more: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2360810,00.asp Wow, I am a little surprised that no one seems to have heard of this.
@Asylum (48359)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 10
This is a very surprising peice of information. I have just responded to this discussion and stated that there is no way that this could be genuine, then I noticed your response. If you had not pasted the link then I would not have believed it. Fortunately I have not used Windows XP for over a year now so it is not a problem for me. Nevertheless, thanks for posting the link, it is a very interesting story.
@benny128 (3624)
12 Mar 10
never heard that before, as the only way a hacker can access your pc is if you let them, by down loading programmes that you haven't virus checked. Or by not running the windows updater when new updates are ready.
• Latvia
12 Mar 10
indeed, also the browser must be up to date as well.
@May2k8 (3634)
• Indonesia
13 Mar 10
maybe your sister says is true, hackers can destroy your computer with all kinds of ways. By pressing the F1 key, or send documents to all users with random address which will used for running on your computer such as virus. Take all your important documents are sent via your own IP address so as not to know that your data has been retrieved by hackers.
@uautkarsh (414)
• India
13 Mar 10
Whats that??? I never ever heard of anything as that, except now.. Pressing F1..hackers..no..i can never imagine that cause i do it several times when i get bored.. Hackers can enter from anywhere they get the exploit.. I myself am interested in such stuffs and have been reading all this for many years..but have never read or seen any article based on any F1 key exploit... But F1 virus could be a good virus if coded... :P
@kaylachan (4778)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Mar 10
Just loging online puts you at risk because you have made a connection with other computers. As long as that connection is established risks can occour. f1 doesn't usually cause problems, as it is the universal help button. If I were to open it right now, help for the application I'm using would appear. Now without anti-virous, if anything attached itself I wouldn't nesserally know it, now would I? No. Keep yourself protected with firewals, anti-spy and anti-virous programs. Some are avaible for free.
@Asylum (48359)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 10
This is certainly a fallacy. F1 is the Function key to activate the help feature and is in no way related to anything that could affect the security of a computer. There are many rumours that circulate from time to time, and often they get passed on from one person to another so you hear the same story from several sorces which makes it sound more plausible.
• Indonesia
12 Mar 10
I think if this not entirely correct because hacker could infiltrate from anywahere,and from weakneses of their system will retrieve all the desire data
@rosapai (254)
• Philippines
12 Mar 10
Never heard F1 can do that. I thought it was the help button. I will ask my cousin when I see him.. that is if I remember. I also use F1 when playing games in DOSgames... that is the name the of the game my cousin gave me.
• Latvia
12 Mar 10
This sounds totally bogus to me... Never heard of it, there shoudn`t be such a thing.