Since Microsoft no longer supports Window XP operating systems, they have announced that Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11 were at risk of attacks from programs that could install viruses, delete data and a perform a host of other malevolent cyber-attacks. All of this can be accomplished by merely clicking on a link that is not protected from this zero-day vulnerability. Once the hacker executes a successful attack the hacker would acquire the same user rights as the current user.
There are a variety of steps that can be taken to protect from becoming exposed. One method is to avoid any questionable sites until a patch becomes available. Another is to not use Internet Explorer and substitute Web Browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Certainly it is crucial to avoid opening any unfamiliar emails until an effective patch is released or an emergency stopgap can be implemented. Additionally, All Covered’s Patch Management service is a subscription service that will continue to monitor the situation and schedule deployment of the patch upon its release.