Internet Explorer Security Flaw
The Internet Explorer Security Flaw has been in the news lately and to help you, we are posting some comments as well as downloads to fix these issues. First is the threat real? Yes it is a real threat, but Is the threat overblown?
Yes in our opinion the threat was overblow by the news media.
It was a real risk, but in order to be at risk, you had to be using Adobe Flash which we do not recommend using unless it is necessary (it is used on some sites for graphics or animation). Secondly you then have to visit a site that was compromised (hacked into) by the bad guys.
So in our opinion it was a relative low risk for business related internet business. Having said that we also do recommend that you update your PC’s to the newly released patches by Microsoft. The easiest way to do this is to have the automatic updates turned on and it will be applied automatically (if it has not already been applied).
The second easiest way to do a one time update of your system by following the instructions here. This will install ALL of the current updates to your system and may take some time with rebooting. After each install/ reboot, you should check if there are any more updates to be applied. Often you have to install some updates before the newer ones will install.
For those of you that want to download and install it yourselves, it is a bit confusing as it depends on both the Internet Explorer version you are on as well as the Operating system you are running. In total I am listing here 12 possible combinations, but bear in mind that there are also patches for different server operating systems and I have not included Windows Vista or any server operating systems.
First if you are running Windows 7 you have to be sure to apply a previous Internet Explorer update first. If you do not, you run the risk of things not working after you apply the update.
Things you will need to know:
1) The version of Internet Explorer you are on.
2) The version of your operating system.
For XP uses check the version of Internet Explorer by opening Internet Explorer and click on HELP in the menu and then the About item. It should sow you the version
For Windows 7 you need to know if you have a 64 bit or 32 bit system
If “64-bit Operating System” is listed next to System type, you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7.
If “32-bit Operating System” is listed next to System type, you’re running the 32-bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7.
First Install the previous update to be sure it is installed
Then install the appropriate patch find the Internet Explorer version. If the Internet Explorer menu shows at the top you can click on Help and About to find the version. If you do not see help on the menu (or no menu is shown), click on the small Gear at the top right of the browser:
Then click on About Internet Explorer and it will show the version of internet Explorer you are running.
Based on knowing your Operating System Information and the Internet Explorer version, download and install the correct version from the list below.
And finally for Windows 8