2 May 2014

Microsoft has released a security patch for all versions of Internet Explorer, fixing a critical vulnerability highlighted earlier this week.

The vulnerability is known to be targeted by cyber criminals. If you use Internet Explorer, you should ensure you have applied this update as soon as possible.

Most Internet Explorer users should receive the update automatically. You can check this by going to Tools > About Internet Explorer, and selecting the ‘Install new versions automatically’ check box.

The vulnerability could be exploited if an attacker can gain access to your computer, or if you visit a malicious website using one of the affected versions of Internet Explorer.

It is also worthwhile considering installing more than one internet browser on your computer. If a vulnerability is identified in one browser, you then have the option to use another temporarily.

More information

Microsoft’s May security bulletins.

Stay Smart Online advice on 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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