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U.S Homeland Security Says, Don't Use Internet Explorer

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U.S homeland security says, don't use Internet Explorer anymore and start considering a browser change.

While Microsoft Edge is right on track to replace Internet Explorer, it seems that the last one is a bigger security liability then you may think.

U.S homeland security says, don't use Internet Explorer.

In a newly released advisory, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) [an agency within America's Department of Homeland Security] is warning users about an IE vulnerability.

To keep your personal data safe and don't expose your PC to dangerous malware, the agency further recommends "Consider using Microsoft Edge or an alternate browser until patches are made available."

As a reminder, this is not the first international agency that ranks IE's security very low, as Germany's BSI shared a couple of months back a similar study.

Looking over the statistics we collect from our visitors, we still see plenty of IE users and some still using Netscape Navigator, which is quite worrying to be honest.

If you are still using Internet Explorer and happens to visit a web site designed to exploit the IE vulnerability, you may be in serious trouble.

Especially if you are currently logged in with Windows administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploits the vulnerability, can take control of your system.

"An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights."

Lifehacker's senior technology editor notes, that the new vulnerability affects "various permutations of Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11 across Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10 (as well as various editions of Windows Server).

Editors note: To be honest, I don't see any reason as to why users cling on to outdated WindowsXP / 7 systems, that are vulnerable, with seriously outdated browsers.

It can't be a money thing, because Linux is free, runs on old hardware and comes in many flavours and configurations, so for hardcore Windows 7 users, just install Debian or any other distro with Cinnamon desktop and you should feel right home.

Besides mentioning the outdated Windows XP/7 systems, there are several other secure browsers like Firefox Quantum, which I prefer due to safety, stability, easy to use and speed. I actually recommend removing the firefox-esr version coming with Debian distros and replace them with Firefox Quantum instead.

Be safe, keep your systems updated and backed up always...

 

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