Internet Explorer (IE) users are being warned that a previously unknown security flaw can allow attackers to silently install code and perform malicious activities on computers using IE as a browser. The security flaw affects Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. This security flaw is so severe that the Department of Homeland Security advised abandoning Internet Explorer until the flaw was fixed.
Microsoft has issued a patch, and says it fixes the vulnerability. And, even though support for Windows XP ended on April 8th of this year, Microsoft decided to release an update for that operating system as well.
If you use Internet Explorer we highly recommend that you install the security patch from Microsoft. Most computers are set to automatically install these security fixes, but if yours is not, you need to install the update from Microsoft as soon as possible. Microsoft’s web site provides information on your automatic update settings for Windows Vista, 7 and 8.1. You can find that article by CLICKING HERE. The link will open in a new tab and take you to a site maintained by Microsoft Corporation.
Additionally, the security firm FireEye, which first brought the flaw to Microsoft’s attention, has recommended disabling Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer. It also stated the exploit can be blocked by running IE in enhanced security and 64-bit process mode. This option, however, is available only for IE10 and IE11.
The security of your accounts at Taleris is of utmost importance to us. We are recommending that if you are an Internet Explorer user, you may want to consider installing and using an alternate browser. At Taleris, our company standard browser is Chrome.