Microsoft has just released an updated version of Windows Messenger (and, I believe, MSN Messenger - the non-Win XP version). It is version 4.6.0076.
Click below for the "What's New" page:
Minor Update: Version 4.6.0076
Released February 13, 2002
This version will prevent malicious web sites from collecting the names on your contact list.
The following is couresty of the Messenger website:
The above content was obtained from the following web page: http://messenger.microsoft.com/suppo...sp#displayname
Last updated February 13, 2002
This document provides information about special situations currently experienced in Windows® Messenger.
If you receive an unsolicited instant message directing you to go to an unknown Web site, please do not click on the link. There is an updated version of Windows Messenger available that you can download from http://messenger.microsoft.com that addresses this issue. Microsoft highly recommends that you take additional precautionary measures, by installing the Internet Explorer patch that is available here. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.
Download the latest Internet Explorer Security Update
Microsoft highly recommends that you update your Internet Explorer with the latest security update to ensure a safe Windows Messenger experience. This update eliminates security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer 5. 5 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Internet Explorer 6, and MSN Explorer. For more information please click here.
Windows Messenger Friendly Name
Microsoft ships a control with Windows Messenger that allows Web sites to show your Messenger contact’s friendly name (e.g. 'John Smith') and make it quick and easy to establish communication with them. It was brought to our attention that this feature may be co-opted by malicious Web sites to collect this information. Microsoft has released an updated version of Windows Messenger that does not allow third party Web sites to obtain this information. To install the updated version please click here.