Security Update for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has released the security update for the flaw discovered in its web browser, Internet Explorer. It is highly advisable that you run this update if you are using IE5, IE6, IE7 or even the beta version of IE8 on your machine. Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera users are not affected by this flaw.

This highly publicised vulnerability had allowed a rogue web site to obtain sensitive information from the target PC such as stored passwords. In the relatively unusual move, Microsoft has released an update to specifically target this security hole, as opposed to issuing it as part of their monthly updates.

There are 3 ways to obtain the update :

  1. Go to this Security Bulletin page and install the update relevant to your operating system and browser version.
  2. Go to Microsoft Update and choose to install all critical updates.
  3. Allow Windows Update to install for you.

If you are unsure which reference number or name Microsoft has given this update it is MS08-078 – addresses a vulnerability in Internet Explorer (KB 960714).

It is also recommended that you take this opportunity to check that the Windows Update (found in your Control panel under Security) is turned ON and is set to Automatic. This will ensure you receive any further patches and fixes as soon as they become available.


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