Several government security response teams and almost everyone who writes online articles about computer topics are urging Windows users to consider Chrome or Firefox as their default browser until Microsoft delivers a security fix for a new flaw affecting all versions of Internet Explorer. Computer emergency response teams (CERTs) in the US, the UK, and Sweden have advised Windows users to consider avoiding Internet Explorer until Microsoft fixes the vulnerability.
Over the weekend, Microsoft confirmed the flaw was being exploited in “limited, targeted attacks”, which use a rigged Flash file hosted on attack websites to net victims. Attackers that successfully exploit the flaw affecting IE 6 to IE 11 could gain the same user rights as the original user, according to Microsoft.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends that people ditch Internet Explorer until there’s a patch — or install special software in the meantime instead.
The problem allows hackers to gain control of your computer. Anyone in control of your computer can spy on everything you do. If it’s a PC at work, hackers can reach into anything an employee has access to.
You can find hundreds of online articles about this security problem by starting at http://goo.gl/buhAHb.
Why are you still using Internet Explorer?