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Thursday, December 18, 2008

WARNING: Security Flaw with Microsoft Internet Explorer

There is a serious security flaw with Microsoft IE that you should be aware of. Users of IE are being urged by experts to switch browsers until this treat is fixed. You don’t have to uninstall IE, just don’t use it for awhile.

Our IT company at work has confirmed this security flaw and confirms that your computers could be taken over by others and your passwords can be stolen.

Microsoft is quickly trying to prepare an emergency patch to resolve this issue. Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the "underlying vulnerability" was present in all versions of the browser.
Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.

According to the article our IT company gave us, it states that hackers actually found this flaw before Microsoft did.
As many as 10,000 websites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered.

What You can Do:

1)Change IE security settings to high (Look under Tools/Internet Options)
2) Switch to a Windows user account with limited rights to change a PC's
Settings
3)With IE7 or 8 on Vista turn on Protected Mode
4)Ensure your PC is updated
5)Keep anti-virus and anti-spyware software up to date
6)Find an alternative browser for the time being so you are not affected

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