Well, I wrote about a previous Internet Explorer security flaw that was revealed in 2007, but this newest Internet Explorer security flaw seems to take the cake. I had strongly recommended that you, my readers, try out Firefox and see why I had recommended it so strongly. Well, now is your best chance for security and to use a browser that doesn’t expose your whole operating system to hackers.
In this latest debacle for Microsoft and the Internet Explorer browser, not only is IE 7 exposing your system, but all versions down to 5.5 are at risk. Even if you think you have the latest security patch and Service Pack, you still aren’t safe. Here is what the problem is with this latest security exposure.
Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the “underlying vulnerability” was present in all versions of the browser. Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.
“In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did,” said Rick Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro. “This is never a good thing.”
As many as 10,000 websites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered, he said.
“What we’ve seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it’s inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals,” he said. “It’s just a question of modifying the payload the trojan installs.”
Expedient patching or switching are essential. Security pros fear that the attack will soon spread beyond the theft of gaming passwords and into more criminal arenas, as the malicious code can be placed on any website and can be adapted to steal any password stored or entered using the browser.
So, how do you fix this problem? Set your IE Security settings to “High”, change over to a limited access user account, or the simplest method, try another browser for the time being.
I know, some people are die hard “I’ll never try another browser because they suck” people, my wife is, but since I switched to Firefox over 3 years ago, I have NOT had any issue like those that keep popping up for Microsoft and Internet Explorer.
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