A critical vulnerability in Adboe Flash was released yesterday. While some browsers will update automatically, others will need to be updated by IT to avoid attacks that could steal users log-in credentials.
Microsoft’s ever-confusing update policy just got a little more cloudy. If users don’t apply a recent update, they could soon find themselves locked out of Internet Explorer security patches.
On an otherwise quiet Patch Tuesday in June, Microsoft issued its single largest patch to a program ever. The update addresses 59 security issues in various versions of its flagship browser, Internet Explorer.
Generally, vendors like to keep security flaws under wraps. Once notified, they’ll work on a fix and patch it before it can make news. But it’s been seven long months since a flaw was discovered in Internet Explorer 8 – and many are wondering Microsoft will ever do anything about it.
Whatever IT pros had on their to-do lists this week, something that just came up is probably going to trump it. It has to do with the popular browser Internet Explorer.
There’s a lot of debate about which is the most secure web browser. Conventional wisdom says that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the most popular browser, is also the least secure because of the attention that hackers pay to it.
A new report says some conventional wisdom about browser security might be wrong, as a series of tests to choose the most secure browser delivered a result that may surprise many IT pros:
We reported earlier on a Google-sponsored study that named the search giant’s Chrome the most secure browser available. Now, other browser makers and security researchers are firing back with their own data.
Since a big chunk of the security threats companies face come from the Internet, IT must make sure users are running secure browsers. And as this recent security study shows, it’s not just the browser that matters, but also the extensions and add-ons users download.
There’s no one answer to the question of which web browser is the most secure, but most IT pros wouldn’t expect any of Microsoft’s offerings to be in contention.