One thing about browsing these days, you may want to consider what type of browser you will be using. Normally, the Windows Internet Explorer would be the prime preference, considering it comes in by default with most Windows Operating systems upon installation. But if there is one thing you have to note, Microsoft will always be prone to security flaws and apparently there is one that has reportedly infected over 2 million computers today.
More than two million computers worldwide have been infected because of a major security flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser, the software giant admitted today.
The problem, first revealed last week, allows criminals to hijack computers and steal passwords if the user visits an infected website.
As many as 10,000 sites have already been compromised to take advantage of the flaw, according to anti-virus software producer Trend Micro.
So far the websites, mostly based in China, have largely been used to obtain computer game passwords which can be sold on the black market.
We are all aware that there are usually updates or patches sent out by Microsoft to its valued users. But timing is always essential. If you are late in attending to such a problem in security, that is a wide opening that a hacker will need. In this case, it is more of stealing gaming passwords that was the main agenda to which they profit by selling them in the market. That is only the lighter side of things.
Imagine these hackers being able to get their hands on other sensitive information like bank account or credit card numbers. The thought alone is scary and though we are aware that such activities exist, isn’t it wary to find out that Microsoft’s very own Internet Explorer can be made the bridge of it all?
So if you are using Internet Explorer at the moment, it would be wise to try out other browsers such as Firefox for the meantime. This is only temporary and knowing Microsoft, they will have this issue resolved in no time.