Microsoft is urging anyone using Internet Explorer versions 9 to 11 to download the latest security patch.
The alert comes in response to a bug found in the Internet Explorer web browser that could give access to hackers.
Microsoft said in a statement that
“An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. [They] could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”
Potential hackers could reportedly exploit this vulnerability by creating fake webpages with hidden malware which could highjack the users web browser.
In 2015 Microsoft released a replacement for Internet Explorer called Edge which has better security and overall functionality.
If you are currently using internet explorer, it’s important to action this update as soon as possible. It’s also worth installing a different browser to keep yourself safe online.
If you are worried about the security of your web browsers, consider downloading these alternatives:
Google Chrome: One of the most adapted web browsers, Chrome allows users to feel secure with constant and consistent updates.
Firefox: Offering a variety of security features, such as malware protection and website reports, Firefox is one of the most secure web browsers available.