BBB says "Don't lose control"
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A Cyber Security Advisory has been issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a
vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser (IE8) that could allow scammers
to access and take over users’ computers.
The risk is for all users – home, business and government – and it is high. The BBB is urging anyone with IE8 to follow the recommended steps to address the problem.
Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install
programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.
Microsoft has released a workaround which acts as a temporary fix. It is available at:
https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2847140. The company is working on a patch to undo the
vulnerability, which does not affect other versions of IE.
This is a good opportunity for BBB to reinforce how critical it is to maintain up-to-date
anti-virus software on every computer, tablet and smart phone connected to the internet. Consumers also need to be extremely cautious when clicking on links in email and social
media messages, or opening email attachments. Scammers are very sophisticated in their
techniques, and the results can be devastating: identity theft, loss of personal data, bank
and credit card fraud. If you are not sure, don’t click.
The Better Business Bureau has a number of resources to help you protect your identity and money. Find more at www.bbb.org.