Last Saturday, an Internet Security company announced that it had discovered a security flaw in Internet Explorer. Soon after, the Department of Homeland Security recommended that users stop using all versions of IE until Microsoft had come up with a solution to the problem.
Web users were encouraged to switch to such browsers as Firefox and Chrome.
The Internet Explorer security flaw allowed hackers to get around Windows OS security protections. This then made it possible for a computer to be infected if a user visited a compromised website.
Microsoft Scrambles to Fix IE
On Thursday Microsoft announced that a fix to the problem was released and in place. The release occurred ahead of Microsoft’s usual monthly security updates.
Anyone with Windows Update received the fix from Microsoft automatically. For those who don’t have automatic updates a fix should be manually done. According to The Official Microsoft Blog, “If you haven’t turned on automatic updates yet, you should do so now. Click the ‘Check for Updates’ button on the Windows Update portion of your Control Panel to get this going.”
In a sign of how concerned they are about public outcry, Microsoft even included code for the Windows XP operating system in its update. They did so despite the fact that Microsoft officially ended all support for XP just a few weeks ago.
Microsoft makes no promises about ongoing support for XP should future security incursions occur. Instead they continue to encourage customers to move to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, which are newer, and considered more secure.
Learn more about Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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