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Homeland Security warns users of Internet Explorer

Tuesday, April 29, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Warrington
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In a rare move, the Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team is telling people to stop using Internet Explorer. On Saturday a bug was found that presented a major security flaw in Internet Explorer which allows hackers to get around the security protections in Windows using Flash. What does this mean? It means that users can be infected when visiting a compromised website. All versions of IE 6 through 11 are affected, but it is mainly targeting IE9 and IE10.


What can you do to avoid infection? First, avoid Internet Explorer. Try using an alternative browser, such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera. If you can't switch browsers, then disable IE's Flash plug-in (which will prevent the exploit from happening). Another alternative, but not as effective as switching browsers, is using Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit security app.