UPDATE: Microsoft issued a security patch at 1 p.m. ET Thursday to fix a serious bug in Internet Explorer http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2014/05/01/out-of-band-release-to-address-microsoft-security-advisory-2963983.aspx
Microsoft discontinued support for 12 year old Windows XP on April 8th warning that security flaws would not be patched. Now an IE browser vulnerability with the potential to give hackers the same user rights as the current user that affects all versions of Internet Explorer from 6 to 11 has been discovered.
Internet Explorer is one of the most widely used web browsers, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003. Its usage share has since declined with the launch of Safari (2003), Firefox (2004), and Google Chrome (2008), each of which now have significant market share. Estimates for Internet Explorer’s overall market share range from 16.7% to 32.31%, as of May 2012 (browser market share is notoriously difficult to calculate).
According to Net MarketShare, Windows XP accounts for nearly 28 percent of all online PCs worldwide and that’s more than Windows 8, 8.1, Vista, OS X 10.9, and Linux users combined.
Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella is under pressure to patch the IE bug for Windows XP users. But buying a new PC is the way to go as the operating system will be preinstalled and Microsoft is offering $100 discounts on new hardware for customers upgrading from older PCs running Windows XP. Alternatively, Microsoft advises downloading and installing the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 4.1.
The New Windows: More Security
I was a long time Windows XP desktop user who upgraded to the Windows 7 OS. However, Firefox has long been my preferred browser. Are you running an IE Browser?
The new release of Firefox happened today.
What’s new in Firefox?
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