A major flaw discovered in Internet Explorer has security experts advising users to not access the web with that browser until Microsoft comes up with a fix.
This flaw affects Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11.
According to Microsoft: “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”
Hackers have already gone after some banks and financial institutions in an attempt to exploit this flaw. Microsoft is currently working on patching this vulnerability and will offer security updates as soon as they have a solution. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to use the Chrome or Firefox browsers as an alternative.
For Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 users, this flaw will eventually be patched. However, Windows XP users will be left out in the cold. This will be the first major security issue not to be patched in the system since Microsoft ended security support.