Recently, we have heard from some of our customers that there have been stories around the web warning of a security breach affecting Internet Explorer.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Homeland security advised Americans not to use the Internet Explorer web browser until a fix was found for a serious security flaw that came to light over the weekend. The bug affects all versions of Explorer and allows malware to get around security protections in all versions of the Windows operating system.
Fortunately, Windows now has a fix for this problem and it’s an easy update that will once again make Explorer safe to use! If you have automatic updates enabled, then you don’t have to take a single step to fix the problem.
If you do not have updates enabled, then you should click on the Update Panel in the lower right hand corner of your desktop screen. Then click on the “Check for Updates” button and select updates for Internet Explorer. Microsoft encourages those who don’t have automatic updates to manually update as fast as possible to make sure their computer is safe.
Until the updates are run, we recommend that you do not use Adobe Flash as that is the program hackers are using to exploit this security breach. However, once the updates are complete, Flash will be completely safe to use.
More than half of all PC’s run a version of Internet Explorer, so make sure that you are safe! It is important to note that if you still use Windows XP, you will not be able to get this update as Windows no longer supports updates for XP. XP users should click here for a possible solution.