A colleague at work sent me this link today, as we increase our hopes of getting Open Office at least available on all school computers:

A new, yet-to-be-fixed security hole in Microsoft Word exposes computer users to cyberattack, Symantec warned Friday.

Would-be intruders already have attempted to compromise PCs at a Japanese government entity by exploiting the flaw, Vincent Weafer, the senior director at Symantec Security Response, said in an interview. In response, Symantec has raised its ThreatCon to Level 2, which means an outbreak is expected.

So that now means if you use Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Word, you are putting your work at risk. So use Firefox, Thunderbird and Open Office… they’re better applications anyway!