Is IE your browser of choice?

If so, listen up. You could be vulnerable. According to Microsoft attacks are targeting versions 9, 10, and 11, but this affects every version of Internet Explorer back to 6. (Yes 6, a small sliver of the internet still uses this. Sigh.)

What’s going on?

If you are like 26% of the web, you may be vulnerable to a recently discovered security hole in IE. Microsoft explains it best:

“The vulnerability is a remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.”

Is there a fix? How do I stay safe?

Currently, there is NO FIX released by Microsoft. In the meantime, use another browser (ie – Chrome or Firefox) – or if you must use IE, just be very, very careful about what links you click on (especially those received via email).

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