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Microsoft Warns of Internet Explorer Security Gap


REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a link to a malicious website.

The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.

Microsoft Corp. said Saturday that it was aware of “limited, targeted attacks” that tried to exploit the security gap. The company is working on a safety fix which it will provide in an upcoming software update.

In the meantime, Microsoft encourages customers to enable a firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software.

A division of the Homeland Security Department recommends users download a security toolkit from Microsoft or use another browser until an update becomes available.

“Internet explorer tends to be targeted more than anything else because it’s the most popular browser,” says Stan Prager, Owner of Go Geeks in East Longmeadow.

Microsoft is quickly working on a fix.

“So Microsoft discovers there’s a hole, a flaw, so they immediately download a patch,” Prager explains.

But people still using Windows XP are not safe. Microsoft stopped supporting the 13-year-old operating system on April 8th.

“This is the first security flaw to come up since Microsoft stopped supporting XP, so it wasn’t very long right? It’s only been 20 days and already we have something very significant to make you worry,” says Prager.

The staff at Go Geeks in East Longmeadow recommends their clients with Windows XP to get an upgrade. However, if you do have XP and aren’t ready to replace the system, there is a way around the problem. To avoid hacking, download a different browser.

“Firefox from Mozilla or another browser will work; which is very similar to Internet Explorer. Many think browsers cost, but no they are free,” Prager explains.

Online: Microsoft Security Advisory: http://bit.ly/1fJX5RR

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