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Two More Online Security Issues: Internet Explorer and AOL

5/2/2014

It seems like there is at least one announcement every week about a data breach or online security issue. This week there have already been two: a security hole in the Internet Explorer browser and a security breach at AOL. Here’s what you need to know about them.

Internet Explorer

A security hole has been found in version 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer. This security hole can let hackers load code into your computer’s memory and run it. This issue is of biggest concern to those who are still running Windows XP since support for the operating system ended earlier in April. That means that security updates will no longer be provided for that operating system.

Microsoft will issue any security update for supported systems when available. Until the updates are issued, here are the suggested actions from Microsoft. Another option is to us another browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.

5/2/2014. Microsoft has fixed the security hole for all versions of Internet Explorer including those that run on Windows XP. If you have automatic updates enabled, this security update will be automatically downloaded and installed. Otherwise, you may need to enable updates to get it. This security bulletin has download links and provides more detail.

AOL

AOL has announced that there was a security breach of their network. AOL users’ email addresses, postal addresses, address books, encrypted account passwords, and encrypted security question answers were accessed. There is no indication that users’ financial information including encrypted credit and debit card numbers were accessed. Scammers are using the stolen email addresses to send spam emails. They are not sending the spam from AOL accounts.

While it is believed that the encryption was not broken, AOL recommends that you change your passwords for any AOL service and also change your security questions and answers.

For More Information

Protecting your computer and personal information is an ongoing process. This Remar’s Report provides tips to help you do that and for staying safe online.