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Another Internet Vulnerability: Microsoft Internet Explorer

If you’ve been tracking the news related to the Heartbleed bug vulnerability, you know that the problem is in open-source software called OpenSSL. But more recently, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team  (CERT) released a statement of another Internet vulnerability  in Microsoft Internet Explorer. This vulnerability affects IE versions 6 through 11. Thus, it is strongly recommended to use an alternate browser, like Chrome or Firefox, until Microsoft issues a fix.

OpenSSL is used to encrypt web communications and the Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the conversations and steal data directly from the services and users. The hackers then use that data to impersonate the services and users. For the IE vulnerability, hackers have the potential to have the same user rights as the current user.

Since all devices are connected to each other, all it takes is one weak point for hackers to get in. Here’s what you need to know in this post- Heartbleed bug world:

1. If you go to a website and they don’t have any statements on the vulnerability, be wary about your security.

2. Avoid changing your password until you receive a confirmation that the site has fixed the bug or they have confirmed there wasn’t vulnerability.

3. No two websites should have the same password. And don’t recycle old ones from one website to another.

4. Ensure that everything you use to connect online is updated: Wi-Fi routers, servers, smartphone apps etc.

With so many Internet vulnerabilities out there, don’t assume you’re always safe. The good news is that websites are patching their vulnerabilities. And large tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon have joined forces to try to prevent another security breach like Heartbleed.

At the time of this writing, Microsoft also said the attacks on Internet Explorer are limited and targeted. But your risk is much higher if you’re still running Windows XP. If you’re concerned about your company’s vulnerability, contact Precision’s support team at support@precisionit.com.