This just in: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has advised against using the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser due to a serious security flaw discovered by FireEye Research Labs this past weekend. The security company said, “Disabling the Flash plugin within IE will prevent the exploit from functioning."
Interested in some of the technical aspects of the IE vulnerability? Check out my fellow colleague Prashant Khandelwal explaining this: http://juni.pr/1fz5P2l
As a security conscious individual, I was drawn to this news, especially as I was looking at the LinkedIn Pulse app on my Smartphone. Because I rely on the IE browser for being able to use certain software to do my work, I will do whatever I can to ensure the highest level of security. Hence, I have since followed the advice from FireEye.
Time and time again, we hear about the discovery of bugs in the Microsoft IE Web browser. Computerworld’s Michael Horowitz even wrote a blog about why you should not use it. However, according to this posting by W3Schools on Web browser usage statistics for March 2014, Internet Explorer ranked #3 among the top five most popular browsers—only behind Firefox (#2) and Google Chrome (#1).
Which Web browser(s) do you use? If you use IE, will you stop using it or at least disable the Flash plugin until the bug has been fixed? Please share.