Internet Explorer users were hit with a double whammy yesterday. After dealing with Heartbleed, they now have to battle the troubling Zero Day exploit. Unfortunately, for the time being, that battle is already lost.
Zero Day is a bug that allows the bad guys to access a user’s admin right for his entire computer by hacking into it from an IE browser connection. Yup, if you’re using IE right now, cyber criminals can latch on like a tick and infect you with all kinds of diseases–malware, deleting data, stealing data, infiltrating accounts, etc.
The problem is there is nothing that can be done about it. No patches, no quick fixes. Life is even worse for Windows XP users, since Microsoft announced a few months ago that it will no longer be issuing security updates for that platform. Meaning, even once there is a security patch, Windows XP users will be left out in the cold to fend for themselves.
Right now, if you are an IE user, the best thing to do is to remove yourself out of the line of fire. In other words: STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER. Use Chrome, use Firefox, use anything else. Just go ahead and quit IE cold turkey.
And if you’re still a Windows XP user, you may want to seriously rethink your operating system. The bad hackers are already drooling over ways to exploit that now outdated system and serious attacks are more than likely to occur.
So our Zero Day advice? Ditch Windows XP all together and stay off of IE until you hear the all clear sound.