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This article was published on December 16, 2008

    Dump Internet Explorer. You are Vulnerable.

    Dump Internet Explorer. You are Vulnerable.
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    Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

    firefox_eats_ie2If you’re still looking for a reason to finally switch loyalty from Internet Explorer over to one of many competing browsers, trust me, this is it.

    A major flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer that allows hackers to gain the password details of the user has been revealed.

    This is not a rumor, it has been confirmed by Microsoft who in fact announced the discovery themselves admitting a “vulnerability in Internet Explorer” that “could allow remote code execution.” Not Good.

    Still think this is over hyped news? Think again. Even the BBC has picked up the story with commentary from a number of industry analysts.

    Microsoft are preparing an emergency patch to resolve the flaw but in the meantime a move to Firefox, Opera and Safari is highly recommended.

    MICROSOFT SECURITY ADVICE

    Change IE security settings to high (Look under Tools/Internet Options)
    Switch to a Windows user account with limited rights to change a PC’s settings
    With IE7 or 8 on Vista turn on Protected Mode
    Ensure your PC is updated
    Keep anti-virus and anti-spyware software up to date

    Unsurprisingly, “switching browsers” isn’t on that list.

    “I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw,” said John Curran, head of Microsoft UK’s Windows group. “At present, this exploit only seems to affect 0.02% of internet sites. In terms of vulnerability, it only seems to be affecting IE7 users at the moment, but could well encompass other versions in time.”

    To summarise, SWITCH.

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