Hopefully the last week made you change browsers...
There are many, many reasons ”not” to use Internet Explorer but the hysteria created around the browser’s latest major security flaw has given yet more momentum to the likes of Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. So I suspect Microsoft is rather happy the whole palaver is over – for now…
In a statement the software giant has confirmed that a vital update to fix the hole – which enabled hackers to potentially take full control of a computer via IE if they accessed certain infected sites – went live to customers at 18:00 GMT last night. Those with Windows Automatic Updates disabled (why oh why would you do that?) can get the patch manually by visiting the Windows Update website.
“Microsoft teams worldwide have been working around the clock to develop a security update to help protect our customers,” said Microsoft in a statement. “Microsoft strongly encourages customers to follow the Protect Your Computer Guidance at www.microsoft.com/protect, which includes activating the Automatic Update setting in Windows to ensure that they receive the update as soon as it is available.”
“The update will protect you against any of the known exploits that are out there right now,” confirmed Microsoft UK security head Cliff Evans.
Of course while IE deserves innumerable kickings for a whole host of factors (performance, stability, design, Acid3 scores, RSS implementation, etc, etc, etc) it remains true that no browser is 100 per cent secure. That said, as the largest player with a near 80 per cent market share it is by far the most targeted by the morally suspect.
All of which is adds to the notion that you don’t put up with what you’re given in the box (a key rule for earphones too). Instead let your clicks do the talking and head on over to any one of its infinitely more accomplished rivals. After all, until we do that in greater numbers what is the motivation for Microsoft to get its act together?