How to Protect Yourself From Internet Explorer's Security Flaw

UPDATE: A patch has been released for internet explorer at this time (5/1/14)

A significant vulnerability to Microsoft's IE (Internet Explorer) was detected this past weekend (April 26/27, 2014)

Here are some tips and different articles to reference to keep yourself protected:

Getting around Internet Explorer, a popular workplace browser, may be unavoidable even as Microsoft works to patch a bug that could allow hackers to take complete control of user's computers. "It’s definitely something users need to be concerned about," Bill Carey, vice president of marketing at Siber Systems, a Fairfax, Va., based software company, told ABCNews.com.

All it takes is clicking on one malicious link in Internet Explorer to allow hackers the opportunity to completely take over your computer, according to warnings issued earlier this week by Microsoft and the Department of Homeland Security.

If you can't avoid Internet Explorer, Carey offered a few tips for making sure you stay safe online.

Update Your Software

Make sure you're current on your software updates so any security loopholes are closed. People using the 12-year-old Windows XP operating system are especially vulnerable since Microsoft announced earlier this month it would no long provide technical assistance and automatic updates to protect users' PCs. Consider upgrading your operating system.

Close Your Browser

When you’re done with using a website, log off and close your browser. This will help prevent others from gaining access to your account.

Control Your E-Mail

Have a disposable e-mail address. Only give your actual e-mail address out to who people who need it. Carey said this will help you avoid mass spam and keep your inbox clean.

Have A Strong Password

Carey advises using a "keystroke" method for making passwords and creating a "keyboard mapping system." One key to the left and one up would make the password "tinmen" change to "47gh2g."

Disable E-Mail Photos

Disable pictures on your email and read it in plain text. The sender will not be able to identify if you have opened the e-mail, Carey said.

Source: abcnews.go.com

Other links for more information:

http://www.cnet.com/news/beware-the-internet-explorer-security-bug/

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/2963983

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-make-web-links-open-firefox-default

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