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Safety Concerns with Active XWhile Active X controls on a desktop environment are inherently safe, unfortunately there may be safety concerns when you come across Active X controls on the web. Some hackers create viruses, trojan horses and malware using Active X controls, if you happen to visit an untrustworthy site, your IE web browser might download these malicious Active X controls and activate them on your desktops creating serious security concerns. This problem can usually be solved very easily. Your IE web browser has the functionality of requesting permission before an Active X control is downloaded or activated. If you are on a web site that you don't know well, you can choose not to download or activate any Active X controls.
In layman's language, Active-X can be used to do just about anything on your PC. I've used it in browser-based applications to open Word documents or spreadsheets. That is what gives it the potential to be dangerous. Active-X can access your hard drive and do nasty things to it.
Isn't it something to do with black power?