Late last week Microsoft announced another vulnerability to Internet Explorer. It is covered in depth in Microsoft releases Security Advisory 2501696.
While all current desktop versions of Windows are vulnerable, they are only susceptible to the vulnerability through Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Using other browsers in Windows does not open the computer up to an attack.
You can decrease your risks using browsers such as Firefox and combining it with the proper add-on software. NoScript works very well as long as the user does not allow all code to be run from every Website. If you are not familiar with the site, don’t allow scripts to run.
If you’re on the Internet, your computer can be hacked. While you may feel safe browsing the Internet in you pajamas in the safety of your home, you’re not. It takes the proper tools along with an air of caution to minimize risks.
This article was written by The Boss of HITman Services, a computer and IT company serving the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties of New York.