BBB Warns Internet Explorer Users of Vulnerable Attack

April 29, 2014

Microsoft recently announced vulnerability in its Internet Explorer web browser that allows a “remote, unauthorized attack” on users’ computer.

The “use-after-free” vulnerability can allow remote attackers to install code on a user’s computer without authorization. Internet Explorer, versions 6 through 11, is at-risk. Users who still have Windows XP operating system are at greater risk because the company no longer supports the product.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, urges computer users to employ Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) if possible, or temporarily switch to a different browser until an official update is made available.

Better Business Bureau and security experts recommend that Internet Explorer users take the following steps:

  • Download the EMET on your computer for additional protection.
  • Temporarily switch to a different web browser, such as Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox.
  • Disable Adobe Flash, as the attack may not work without it.
  • Windows XP users should upgrade their operating system or disconnect the computer from the Internet.