The US Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has released a major warning suggesting people stop using the popular Internet Explorer web browser until further notice. Security flaws in the browser allow malicious programs to be installed on a computer without the user’s knowledge simply by opening an email or visiting an infected website. While a fix from Microsoft is expected shortly, this may be the perfect time to upgrade to a safer, more modern browser.
For more about the security problem, check out the following news coverage:
Washington Post: “Internet Explorer bug offers yet another reason to upgrade from Windows XP”
USA Today: “Homeland Security: Don’t use IE due to bug”
National Public Radio: “U.S. Tells Users To Stop Using Internet Explorer For Now”
As alternatives, the Library recommends the Mozilla Firefox browser, which is available for free download for all operating systems at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
The widely popular Google Chrome browser is also free for all systems athttps://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
Apple’s Safari browser is free to the public for Windows and Apple Computers from https://www.apple.com/safari/
These three have no known major security flaws and work well with the library’s resources.