Please Change Your Web Browser ASAP!
So many of my appointments involve problems with Microsoft Internet Explorer! Internet Explorer is frequently hacked and hijacked and it’s very disconcerting to have your home page suddenly switched to something you never authorized and you cant find your familiar Google search box.
Please use the Google Chrome or Firefox internet browser instead. I prefer Google Chrome because I use a myriad of awesome free Google products. Ask me about them next time we get together.
According to a report by the cybersecurity firm Bromium, the latest version of Internet Explorer is still the number one target for hackers.
For the first half of 2014, the report found that Google Chrome has actually had no publicly known security flaws, making it safe from malware attacks.
Other important facts in the report:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer set a record high for reported vulnerabilities in the first half of 2014.
- Internet Explorer also leads in publicly reported exploits.
- Web browser release cycles are becoming more frequent – as are initial security patches.
- Adobe Flash is the primary browser plugin being targeted by attacks this year.
Microsoft quickly schedules updates that Internet Explorer uses to patch its holes but it’s still one of the most commonly-attacked browsers by far, and I know that many of my clients ignore the updates. It’s a huge problem!
Keeping your Adobe Flash player up to date is also very important. Always update your Flash player to avoid security flaws like this. Apple won’t even let you play a video if you don’t have the latest version of Flash.
I hope these Techie Tips will ensure that you are protected and enable you to take advantages of all great things technology can do for you.
As always, if you, and your friends and relatives, need help with any of these things, just call me to set up an appointment.
“Helping you make peace with the ups and downs of technology.”