A critical security flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (the default browser on every Microsoft Windows Operating System) that allows what is referred to as ‘remote code execution,’ or the ability to run programs on your computer without your permission, was publicly announced on April 26, 2014.  A patch for this vulnerability was released today and will soon be rolled out as a Windows Security Update.  When prompted, or after instructing your computer to check for updates, install this update as you would any other.

The following are standard Internet browser security recommendations that are especially applicable in this case:

  1. Don’t use Internet Explorer, now or ever.  If you must use it for a particular work-related site, only use it for that site and not any others.
  2. Use a more secure browser (our recommendation is Mozilla Firefox) for browsing the Internet.
  3. Ensure your browser(s) and related software are kept up-to-date.

As always, if you need assistance do not hesitate to contact the appropriate ITS support desk.