Re: Internet Explorer vulnerability
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Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 9:17 AM
Subject: [janome12000] Internet Explorer vulnerability
Over the weekend a new vulnerability has come to light in Microsoft Internet Explorer. This is the browser that comes with all versions of Windows and the vulnerability is in every version right up to the current 11. The danger is that if you visit a website designed, or infected, to exploit this vulnerability your computer can be compromised. Microsoft may be issuing an out-of-cycle patch for the problem instead of waiting for "Patch Tuesday", but you should not use IE for web browsing until they do. The problem does not exist in FireFox or Google Chrome or any other browsers. It does exist in all browsers on Windows XP, and will not be fixed for that OS. If you are still using XP do not use Internet Explorer for web browsing.
The problem with issues like this is that when they are announced the bad guys learn about them too. It becomes a race for Microsoft to fix it before the Internet is flooded with exploits that take advantage of it. Not a week goes by that I don't delete a post that consists of nothing but a web link. Those posts don't come from legitimate members, but from software that masquerades as members. People get infected by clicking on the link and then their computer starts sending out more bogus emails. If you get an email with only a link, don't click it. If it's from someone you know and has text encouraging you to click the link, verify with the sender first. Let's be careful out there!