Security gap in Internet Explorer

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Learn the basics about the security gap in Internet Explorer that can potentially allow a hacker to take control of your computer. What can you do to prevent it?

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Security gap in Internet Explorer

  1. 1. Breaking news… Security flaw in Internet Explorer
  2. 2. What is it? • A security flaw that can allow a hacker to take complete control of your computer! • You are affected if you click on a malicious link while using Internet Explorer web browser • Affects versions 6 to 11
  3. 3. How serious is it? • Really serious. So serious that the US Department of Homeland Security is involved! • The hacker would have complete control of your computer and could install programs, view, change or delete accounts with full user rights! • This is especially bad for people still using Windows XP, which is no longer supported by Microsoft
  4. 4. How do you get infected? • You are using Internet Explorer and you see a link that suggests that you click on it. • It can also strike if you click on certain unprotected advertisements or other websites that are vulnerable. • You are not infected until you take an action (click on a link in your email or Instant messenger, or open an attachment)
  5. 5. Important note • None of these things will happen if you do not initially click on that malicious site though. • So, by avoiding Internet Explorer, you will not be at risk!
  6. 6. What does Microsoft suggest? • Microsoft is working on a fix, but it may not be ready until May 13 • They suggest that you enable your firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software • They also suggest that you use the EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit) to manage security migration and make it more difficult for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities
  7. 7. How do you get EMET? • It is on the Microsoft site • Microsoft.com/emet • Watch the YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v =gXmM1uaIyyM#t=11 • Excellent video, with more explanation, also shows how a virus works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v =zSJ-AFQGpPs
  8. 8. Easier solution??? • EMET is a bit confusing, and beyond the scope of most of our technical abilities. • For best results, USE ANOTHER BROWSER until this is corrected.

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