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Internet Explorer has a major security flaw and you should stop using it, Homeland Security says

A security flaw in Internet Explorer could lead hackers into your computer. Here's what you can do to protect yourself.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.

A major security flaw in Internet Explorer has caused the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to warn IE users to stop using the browser until a fix has been formally announced by Microsoft.

The flaw was announced on Saturday, April 26, after FireEye Research Labs, a California-based Internet security software company, found it, USA Today reported.

Hackers are exploiting the IE flaw to get into the Windows operating system of computers without being stopped by the computers' security. Attacks so far have been limited and targeted to users using IE 9 and IE 10, Microsoft told USA Today, but the flaw was found in IE versions 6 through 11.

Internet Explorer users can protect themselves by either turning off Adobe Flash, which is key to the hackers' attacks, or downloading a free alternative browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera.

Are you concerned about the IE security flaw? Which internet browser do you use and why?

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