Homeland Security wants users to stop using Internet Explorer

It appears as though the vulnerability found in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is a lot more severe than believed. The bug is apparently so severe that even the United States’ Government is warning against using Internet Explorer until a fix is released.

The security risk, which affects all versions of the web browser, allows attackers to gain complete access to a PC via a malicious website that appears as legitimate.

Homeland Security recommends that users “consider employing an alternative web browser until an official update is available.”

Microsoft’s next scheduled patch isn’t slated to drop until May 13. However, with the severity of the bug, Microsoft could force a fix prior to that date. That being said, if you’re using an operating system like Windows XP, don’t expect to receive the update due to XP no longer being supported by Microsoft.

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