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Alert: Internet Explorer security flaw

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If you’re currently a user of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, it may be a good time to temporarily switch to a different browser.

A security flaw in Internet Explorer versions six to 11 has made it more vulnerable to targeted attacks that can compromise entire computer systems. The flaw opens up the door for hackers to install malicious programs, create new user accounts or get their hands on sensitive data.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recommended avoiding the browser until the flaw is fixed. Microsoft has a security patch in the works, but for the time being we recommend downloading Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. If you’re a Mac user, you don’t need to worry, as Internet Explorer doesn’t run on Apple computers.

The security issue is of particular concern for anyone still using Windows XP, the operating system Microsoft recently stopped supporting (you can read further about that here). The end of support for Windows XP meant the end of security updates, so even when Microsoft fixes this security flaw, that doesn’t mean XP users will be protected.

If you plan on ditching Windows XP but haven't gotten around to it, we highly recommend making the switch now.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your IT security, please send us an email at info@twtgroup.ca or give us a call at 403-775-6100.

Topics: Announcements, Security, microsoft