Patch IE, Firefox, and Opera--now

Patch IE, Firefox, and Opera--now

No matter what Internet browser you use--Internet Explorer, Firefox, or even Opera--there are new security updates available, and it's a good idea to patch your Internet browser today. On Tuesday, April 11, 2006, Microsoft rolled out a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer that addresses 10 known vulnerabilities. On Thursday, April 13, 2006, Mozilla offered a patch for Firefox 1.5 that addresses up to 21 vulnerabilities (most of which were not public before the announcement). Also on Thursday, Opera announced a patch for a vulnerability affecting Cascading Style Sheets. Why is this important? Virus writers sometimes take advantage of the delay between a patch's availability and one's ability to install the updates to release a new virus or worm; security vendor Qualys reports that it currently takes an average of 19 days for half of the vulnerable computers to become fully patched, so that's a window of about two weeks in which virus writers can run amok. Don't be one of the unlucky ones--update your browser today.

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    As CNET's former resident security expert, Robert Vamosi has been interviewed on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and other outlets to share his knowledge about the latest online threats and to offer advice on personal and corporate security.

     

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