20 February 2014

SSO Alert Priority High

Microsoft has issued a warning about a critical vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10.

The vulnerability is known to be targeted by cyber criminals.

It can be exploited if you visit a malicious website using one of the affected versions of Internet Explorer.

The easiest solutions are to simply update to the latest version of Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer 11) or use an alternative browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox.

If you need to continue using older vulnerable versions of Internet Explorer, Microsoft has issued recommendations for a 'Fix it' workaround solution to address the vulnerability. It advises that it will endeavour to provide a more permanent solution in the future.

You should also ensure your Operating System and security software are up to date.

More information

Download Internet Explorer 11.

Microsoft’s advisory and recommendations about the vulnerability, including some exceptions.

Stay Smart Online steps for securing your computer.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.

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