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Homeland Security warns to stay off Internet Explorer


The Department of Homeland Security is now warning people not to use Internet Explorer to browse the web. This announcement comes after a security hole was revealed that has internet experts worried. This breach is affecting versions 6 through 11, and Homeland Security wants you to quit using the program until there is a solution.

Experts say a hacker can gain access if you click on a bad link, giving the hacker complete control of your computer. That means your hard drive, key strokes, and internet history is all exposed. The security firm that made the discovery says the hackers are primarily targeting the financial and defense industries. That means for the average Joe, you probably won't be targeted, but the possibility is still there.

No timeline has been given to fix this issue, but Microsoft is known for releasing their patches on the second Tuesday of the month. The company  has released a statement saying, " At this time we are aware of limited targeted attacks. We encourage customers to follow the suggested mitigation outline in the security advisory while an update is finalized."

In the mean time, experts say the easiest way to stay safe is to switch your internet browser.

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