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Basic tips to protect yourself from IE’s security flaw

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Microsoft?s Internet Explorer is a popular browser. It commands around 25% of the world?s browser usage and is mainly used in the workplace. With the recent vulnerability found in IE, it is important to make sure that you stay protected until a patch is released to address the issue. Microsoft is currently hard at work in trying to address this flaw as it affects IE versions 6 thru 11.

Here are a few tips to make sure you keep yourself protected.

Don?t use Internet Explorer.

The first and most obvious answer is to not use IE completely until a fix is in place. This may be easier said than done, as some work offices have Intranets or other tools that only work specifically on IE. If you are one of those people, make sure that you only use IE for your internal tools, and use another browser for everything else. Right now, it is important to remember that one wrong click, like going to a malicious website in IE, may lead to a data breach and puts your data in jeopardy.

Update your software

It is important to make sure that all the software you use is up to date. Although not everything may be protected, having the most up to date software helps ensure that some exploitable loop holes are closed. Hackers often use different sources of security vulnerabilities and having updated software deters that as much as possible. People who are still using Windows XP, for example, are especially at risk, as they are using quite the outdated operating system and Microsoft has already dropped its support for it.

Manage your emails

When receiving emails, it is important that you know which content should be considered as spam or not. By default, most Windows users have IE as their default browser. If you receive a shady email, make sure you don?t click the link attached to it, as it will most likely lead you to a suspicious website that is opened in IE, and further puts you at risk.

All these items are basic tips that can be used to help protect you from IE?s security flaw.

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