A new security flaw is out there that lets hackers take complete control of your PC. Microsoft reported a bug this Saturday in its browser Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11. NetMarketShare reports that more than half of web browsers used are threatened. The Redmond-based computer giant Microsoft has reported a solution in their May 13 software patch. Users of the outdated Windows XP are particularly vulnerable, since Microsoft has discontinued updating that version.
This is a new kind of attack, where hackers lure you into a website that installs malware once you enter it. Without you even noticing anything, your computer is hijacked and everything you do can be monitored, reports CNN.
How to protect yourself from the Internet Explorer bug:
- Avoid using Internet Explorer for now. In the meanwhile, use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple’s Safari, as recommended by the US Homeland Security Department
- Microsoft recommends that you enable a firewall, apply the latest software updates, and install an anti-malware program
- Avoid clicking on suspicious links, especially sent from unfamiliar e-mail addresses
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