CONYERS – Internet Explorer users may have their computers subject to intrusion from outside entities, according to information released from the Better Business Bureau.
A press release from the BBB states that those who use the 18-year-old Internet browser could have their computers vulnerable to “remote, unauthorized attacks.” This vulnerability can allow unknown attackers to install codes on someone’s computer without authorization. Explorer versions 6 through 11 are susceptible to the attacks, as well as users of Windows XP.
Since Microsoft, creators of Internet Explorer and Windows, is no longer supporting its Windows XP product, XP users are at greater risk of attack. Those who use XP should upgrade their system, or disconnect their computers from the Internet, according to the BBB.
Although he did not know much about the specifics of the recent Explorer issues, Rockdale NeTworks owner Sam Smiley stated, “every browser has a vulnerability at some point.”
Microsoft announced through a service advisory that while it is working to fix the problem, the company recommends users to seek workaround methods of internet use.
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of Homeland Security, is urging Explorer users to download the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit if possible. The EMET prevents vulnerabilities by utilizing technologies that function as special protections and obstacles that a corrupt author must defeat in order to exploit software susceptibilities, according to Microsoft’s support webpage.
Another way to avoid these attacks is to simply not use Explorer, switching to another browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The BBB also recommends disabling Adobe Flash, as the attacks may not work without it.
For more information on these computer attacks, visit www.bbb.org or call the BBB’s public 24-7 line at 404-766-0875.