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Microsoft admits security flaw; Stop Exploring, experts say

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There's a critical security hole in Internet Explorer, the world's most popular web browser.

The unpatched vulnerability, first discovered by hackers and recently acknowledged by Microsoft, could allow someone to gain access to a computer through a website that executes a malicious code. Some 10,000 sites have been compromised so far, putting passwords, financial data, and other sensitive information at risk.

In a lengthy security advisory memo on its website, Microsoft urges users to change their "Internet zone security setting" to "high" and to run the browser in "Protected Mode."

Computerworld has a good tech-heavy breakdown of the exploit and the best way savvy surfers can disable its ability to affect their machines. But the easier solution may just be to drop IE.

Internet security firm Trend Micro's Rick Ferguson told the BBC that "if users can find an alternative browser, then that's good mitigation against the threat."

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