If you are currently reading this blog post in Internet Explorer, you might want to take minute to switch to a different browser. Over the weekend, FireEye Research Labs discovered a bug in the Internet Explorer Web browser that as of today (April 29) has no solution. It may not seem like it’s a huge deal, but when you consider approximately 50% of all browsers currently being used are Internet Explorer that can lead to some serious issues.
What is the Bug?
Simply put, the bug in Internet Explorer allows hackers to remotely access your computer. If someone knows what they are doing, it would be incredibly easy for them to install programs, access your data, and create user accounts. Hackers have already begun taking advantage of the bug in what some are calling “Operation Clandestine Fox.” Hackers targeted defense and financial sectors of US-based firms over the weekend.
When Will There Be a Fix?
Homeland Security has already warned Americans not to use the web browser, but hasn’t said when there could possibly be a fix. In fact, they have stated, “we are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.” Microsoft is currently working towards a fix for Internet Explorer, but hasn’t given any updates on when a solution will be ready.
What Should I Do to Stay Protected?
For now, the best thing you can do is stop using Internet Explorer. The best way to keep yourself protected is to start using a different web browser. There are several great alternatives to Internet Explorer that you can download, install, and run on your computer:
- Mozilla Firefox– Voted “Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy,” Firefox is a free downloadable web browser that lets you customize almost every aspect of your Internet experience.
- Google Chrome– If you like using multiple devices (mobile, computer, tablet, etc.), then Chrome may be a great solution for you because it allows you to take your web experience with you wherever you are.
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