Jeremy Herold

Having Internet Explorer Installed Can Compromise Your Data

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Even if you don’t use Internet Explorer, hackers may be able to steal your data

 

A newly discovered Windows security flaw could allow hackers to use Internet Explorer to steal your data, even if you never open Internet Explorer and use it.

Hackers are taking advantage of a vulnerability using .MHT files, the same files that Internet Explorer uses for its web archives. Other web browsers don’t use the .MHT format, so when a Windows PC users goes to open this type of file, it opens Internet Explorer by default.

All that’s needed to initiate the exploit, then, is for a user to open an attachment received by email, messenger, or another file transfer service that launches Internet Explorer.

This exploit has been tested using the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 11, on PCs running on Windows 7, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2 users, all with the same results.

Microsoft was alerted to the exploit in March and has stated that they will “consider” a fix in a future update.

The best way to protect yourself is to completely uninstall Internet Explorer from your computer. Unfortunately, there is not currently a fix available from Microsoft.

As always, if we can be of help with your network or computer, give us a call here at RHYNO Networks. (855) 749-6648

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