If your schools are among the growing number to use one of many new alternatives to Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) web browser--including Mozilla's Firefox or Apple Computer's Safari--then you should know about a newly discovered vulnerability that could make users of these programs susceptible to internet scams.

An internet browser feature meant to permit web addresses in Chinese, Arabic, and other languages could encourage online fraudsters by making so-called "phishing" scam web sites look legitimate to visitors. For once, the affected browser is not the industry-leading IE from Microsoft Corp., but rather several of its more robust...

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