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Are you still using Internet Explorer (IE)? If you answer yes then you might want to think about making the change. It was discovered that IE has some pretty serious security flaw that have let people open to hackers. There are even country's that are warning people to get off of IE:

German government warns citizens off IE

France warns against Internet Explorer use

Last December Google was hacked which was then followed by a few other companies. The hacks were coming out of China. Microsoft even issued a Advisory:

Microsoft Security Advisory (979352)

Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Affected and Non-Affected Software

This advisory discusses the following software.

Affected Software

Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Windows Vista x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service pack 2

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

Windows 7

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3, and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems, and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3, and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems, and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows Vista x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3, and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows Vista x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems

Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 for x64-based Systems

Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems

Internet Explorer 8 in Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

Non-Affected Software

Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 for Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

Nice so bottom line is if you are still using Windows 2000 sp4 then your safe if not then time to jump ship. OK this happened in December but why are we really only hearing about it now? Well the hack took and script to run this attack was just posted on the internet. I won't post a link here but it took me all of 2 minutes to find it.

Now if your a true blue IE user and your not sure where to go then let me help you. Here are some other browsers that you can use:

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Re: Are You Still Using Internet Explorer? WARNING

wow thanks for the heads up, I use Firefox but in work I use IE.

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Re: Are You Still Using Internet Explorer? WARNING

99% of the time I use Firefox but I have a few sites that will not work in Firefox and require IE. Not only do some require IE but I have to go onto Home Depots site as a vendor and they require IE6. Ok could you not use the most vulnerable Internet Explorer? Believe it or not they are still in DOS. *I hope they google this and see that their vendors are not happy about the fact that a huge company like that lives in the computer stone ages*

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Re: Are You Still Using Internet Explorer? WARNING

I was just lecturing co-workers about IE today. I use Chrome 99% of the time. I have yet to come across a page that refuses to work in Chrome. It might not look perfect but it works. At work I use Chrome 100% of the time.

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Re: Are You Still Using Internet Explorer? WARNING

I don't use IE but thats good to know.

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Re: Are You Still Using Internet Explorer? WARNING

Well microsoft fixed this in the last patch that was out on Thur. (so if you don't auto update then you need to check it out). However not so fast on feeling safe:

Expert finds vulnerabilities in Microsoft browser

Research firm Core Security Technologies said on Friday that it discovered another set of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that hackers can link together and exploit, to remotely access all of the data on a personal computer.

The combination would overwhelm the browser, giving a hacker access to all data on the PC after a user clicks on a malicious link, he said.

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Re: Are You Still Using Internet Explorer? WARNING

Now would be a good time to check out Chrome since the stable version just got lots of goodies that the beta and dev channel have had.
http://www.google.com/chrome
I
talked a lady at work into trying it. She uses Firefox. She was shocked at how fast it is. Oh and safe did I mention that?

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