Internet Explorer Found to be Compromised

The U.S. Department of Homeland security is advising Americans not to use the Internet Explorer Web browser until a fix is found for a serious security flaw that came to light over the weekend. The security flaw allows malicious hackers to get around security protections in the Windows operating system. Users visiting a compromised website can become infected.

A Microsoft advisory warns about Internet Explorer zero-day attacks targeting U.S.-based organizations associated with the defense and financial industries. It highlights the exposure to businesses clinging to Windows XP systems, say security experts. Microsoft ended formal support of Windows XP earlier this month.

The attacks do not appear to be widespread at this time. Microsoft said it was "aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit" the vulnerability. Because of the exploit for Internet Explorer, we recommend using an alternate browser like Firefox or Chrome, preferably Firefox. Firefox has a free ad-on called Noscript which allows users to block any scripts being run by a website. This protects your computer from any unwanted malicious software to be loaded on it unknowingly. Many legitimate sites are more frequently being exploited to distribute malicious software, so just trusting the site provider is not enough protection these days.

We strongly emphasize good browsing habits. This is the best way to keep from running across malicious programs. This exploit is probably not as urgent as it is being made out to be, but running no script and having clean browsing habits will help keep you protected. If you are still using Internet Explorer, please consider an alternate browser. You will likely come to prefer it.

We have sophisticated systems to help protect against these kind of attacks. If you have any questions or concerns about this vulnerability, please call or email. 800.942.4043

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