Some governments warning people to stop using Internet Explorer (IE) until Microsoft patches the latest vulnerability in the software, but there are other ways to protect web browsing in IE. Here are four of them.
Security expert, Rik Ferguson, solutions architect at Trend Micro, advises Internet Explorer users to ensure they upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 because many security features are switched on by default.
"The only version of Internet Explorer not vulnerable to the [Chinese attack] is IE 5.0, running on Windows 2000," Ferguson said, so most users are affected.
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However, Ferguson said: "A technical user can make the changes on IE 7 to improve security, but this may be difficult for a home user to do, because the changes need to be made in different places on Internet Explorer."
People should ensure they have up-to-date anti-malware. Ferguson said: "If you run free software, you may need to download the latest signature file."
Businesses may also want to consider running host-based intrusion prevention, which allows IT managers to protect vulnerable PCs without having to roll out patches.
Ferguson said: "Host-based intrusion prevention systems create a shield around vulnerable PCs. This means businesses can keep secure in-between scheduled patch roll outs."
He said: "Microsoft is the biggest target. Criminals spend a disproportionate amount of time targeting Microsoft software."