A new bug was discovered in the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser yesterday, and while Microsoft is working like crazy to release a more secure version of Explorer, security experts are recommending that users temporarily switch to a new browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox in the interim.
Millions of users are affected by this security bug, which has the potential to infect the PC of somebody who visits a malicious website. The bug applies to Internet Explorer 9 and earlier, Explorer 10 is not affected.
Yup, this is the type of thing that can allow a hacker to take control of your computer and have their evil way with it.
If you don’t want to switch browsers while Microsoft tries to get this bug fixed, here’s what you need to do to protect your PC.
And if you clicked on that link above, I bet you’re now saying to yourself “Screw it, that’s too complicated... I’ll just switch browsers”, and I’d tend to agree with you - not just because I’m a MacHead, but because if you don’t know 100% what you’re doing when you start mucking around with things like scripts in your browsers, you could end up with an even bigger problem on your hands.
Aside from switching browsers, in the interim here are some things to keep your computer and data safe:
- Never click on a link in an email unless you are 100% certain it is safe.
- Backup your data. If you don’t have an external drive, look into using something like Dropbox or Google Cloud
- Sign up for Microsoft’s Technical Security Notifications
- Make sure you keep your PC updated. Don’t ignore those updates when they come in!
(Did you notice how I didn’t even talk about how this would never happen on a Mac? Okay, good.)