Here is a note on the recent Internet Explorer security issues from the Phillips Network Services team and how we are protecting our own network...
By now, many of you may have heard of the latest security flaw to Internet Explorer versions 6-11 (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/2963983.aspx). …Apparently it is a very active month for our hacker friends… While this certainly is a major concern, there are several safeguards that can be put in place to attempt to mitigate such a risk:
1. Web filtering - The web filter provides a vital role in keeping everyone off the sites they shouldn’t be going to and those that present a risk to their computer and the network. In most cases, you will be prevented from going to an infected site in the first place.
2. Mail Filter – An example would be McAfee mail filter has a unique feature called “Click Protect.” This feature scans links that come into your email for potential “malicious links,” and it proxies your connection out in order to safeguard you against any malicious code that may be run from such a link.
3. Windows 7 and Higher – Updating all your computers to Windows 7 and up… This is the first major flaw that Windows XP users will not receive a patch for (If you are running Windows XP at home I suggest you upgrade). Phillips will be pushing the update out when it is available from Microsoft.
4. Alternate Browsers – Although there are many things that employees must use Internet Explorer for, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are available alternatives.
While everything listed above certainly does help mitigate the risk of falling victim of this latest flaw, it is still possible that one might become victim to this flaw. That is why everyone must be cautious about the links they click, the sites they visit, and the attachments they open at work and at home.
As a general update... Microsoft has released a patch for this most recent security flaw. You will need to update your Windows operating system to ensure that your computer has not been potentially compromised. If your business needs assistance from Phillips' I.T. Services, please call us at 717-944-0400 or 1-800-538-7500 to discuss how we can assist your organization with computer security concerns.