Sunday, December 21, 2008

In case you didn't know....

and you are an IE user....from

We know that a bulk of computer users out there use Microsoft's Internet Explorer. So it's a real drag that there may be a serious security glitch in the browser.

The public is being urged to use other browsers while this flaw is being investigated and Microsoft preps an emergency patch to unravel this mess.

Everyone is at risk. This problem is quite serious as it could allow criminals to tap into your computer and steal your password -- and you know what that could lead to.

Although Microsoft has detected outbreaks against IE 7.0, others were present in all versions of the browser.

"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."

So far what this flaw has managed to steal are game passwords, but it's obvious what the criminals' intentions are.

While experts are encouraging and recommending users to find alternate browsers to abate security risks, Microsoft on the other hand, urge users to stay put.

"I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw," said John Curran, head of Microsoft UK's Windows group.

PC Pro magazine's security editor, Darien Graham-Smith, disagrees, "It's a shame Microsoft have not been able to fix this more quickly, but letting people know about this flaw was the right thing to do. If you keep flaws like this quiet, people are put at risk without knowing it."

*At your job they've probably already sent you a patch but for private users, go to to download it.*

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