In my opinion fantastic news from the BBC today, as they announce that Internet Explorer has a massive security flaw, which could allow hackers to control your machine and steal passwords.
Read the article from the BBC; Internet Explorer security alert
What does this all mean? Well, if a hacker can gain control of your PC, he can install any software he likes, you won’t necessarily see this happening. An example of the software they might install is a key press tracker, which will log any key strokes you make on the keyboard. Therefore the next time you log onto your internet banking, type in your username and password, the hacker would recieve these details, and therefore have access to your money.
It is reported that the major Anti Virus companies are also warning their customers about this lack of security that Internet Explorer provides, and the fact that they cannot protect you against such attacks, their suggestion is to use another browser.
I thought I would take this opportunity to provide my readers with a list of SAFE browsers, this list is of free web browsers, they all behave the same, they all show you the internet. They are just all safe.
If you are using Internet Explorer of any kind, you should think about upgrading to a safer browser, you will find your web experience much better too, there are many flaws with the way Microsoft display web sites, which whilst it may not make much sense of difference to the way you see the web, for designers and developers its a nightmare to bring you consistancy when delivering web sites to IE.
Microsoft say they are looking at releasing a patch for Internet Explorer 7, but have warned there will be no support for IE6 or below, so if you, or any one you know are still using this relic of a browser, its about time they upgraded to a safer better browser, if not at least upgrade to IE7 once Microsoft have fixed their security flaw.
Posted On: Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 @ 7:04 pm by Ian Tearle
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