If you are one of millions who use Internet Explorer for Web browsing, you could face a security problem. Nearly one-third of the global browser market uses Internet Explorer.
Hackers can use the security problem to attack computers using IE 9 and earlier versions with Windows XP or Windows 7 operating systems. Windows 8 and IE 10 do not appear to be affected.
A Microsoft spokesperson said the company has received only a small number of targeted attacks. Microsoft is encouraging IE users to apply the most recent software updates, install antivirus software and enable firewalls to help minimize the risk. An attacker could essentially use your computer as if he or she was you. They could crash your computer or drop in snooping software or other malware.
Some experts recommend users of Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8 or 9 should use alternative Web browsers until the security features can be improved or a security patch is in place. The measure might be more extreme than necessary, but it is the safest alternative.
A security patch is reportedly in the works, but there’s no word on when it will be released.
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