Online Shoppers:Update Browser Before You Shop

Security safe combo knob goldOnline shoppers need to update their Internet Explorer before making any online purchases this year. There is a critical bulletin in Microsoft’s November “Patch Tuesday” update that patches a flaw in Internet Explorer that can result in drive-by downloads. This one is even more serious than usual. As you may recall, drive-by downloads take place when a computer user visits a malicious Internet website and malware is placed on the user’s computer.

As you might expect, banking malware placed on your computer would be activated immediately upon you entering your bank card information to pay for your holiday purchase. Cyber criminals are poised to take advantage of the annual surge in online shopping during the holidays. Therefore you should be vigilant in updating your Internet Explorer to the latest version.

If you have set your Internet Explorer to be automatically updated by Microsoft whenever an update is available, your computer was updated yesterday, November 13th, and you don’t have to do anything at this time. However, if you don’t have automatic updating set on, do so now, or at least do a manual update prior to shopping online; to protect the funds in your bank account. You can find out how to do a manual update at this Microsoft web page. Should you choose to set up automatic updating, which I highly recommend, do the following:

Turn automatic updating on or off

To have Windows install important updates as they become available, turn on automatic updating. Important updates provide significant benefits, such as improved security and reliability. You can also set Windows to automatically install recommended updates, which can address non-critical problems and help enhance your computing experience. Optional updates and Microsoft updates are not downloaded or installed automatically.

For more information about automatic updating and installing Windows updates, see Understanding Windows automatic updating and Install Windows updates in Windows 7.

To learn more about the types of updates that Microsoft publishes, go to the Microsoft updates terminology article on the Microsoft Help and Support website.

Click to open Windows Update.

In the left pane, click Change settings.

Under Important updates, choose the option that you want.

Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then click OK. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

You can also choose if you want to allow anyone to install updates by selecting the Allow all users to install updates on this computer check box. This applies only to updates and software that are installed manually; automatic updates will be installed regardless of the user.

Reference: PCWorld.com article

Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.

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