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CNET Update: Beware the Internet Explorer security bug
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CNET Update: Beware the Internet Explorer security bug

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A security flaw in Microsoft’s Web browser makes it possible for hackers to hijack computers, AOL warns users to change passwords after a cyberattack, and Skype stops charging for group video chats

[MUSIC] It's not a good time to be using Internet Explorer. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your Cnet update. If you use Internet Explorer, pay close attention. Microsoft is warning everyone, about a serious security problem with it's browser. The flaw makes it easy for a hacker, to take total control of your computer. And all it takes is for you to accidentally click on a malicious link in your email or an instant message, and it'll take you to a website that automatically installs software that can hijack your machine. From there, hackers have the power to install programs, and snoop into your accounts. They have access to everything, and you may not even realize it's happening. That's why this is extra creepy. The best solution is to stop using Internet Explorer, until Microsoft patches the problem. Firefox and Chrome, they're safe from the threat, but if you need to use Internet Explorer, there are a few things you can do to raise your shields. The newest versions of Internet Explorer, i.e ten and 11, they have something called enhanced protected mode. You should enable that setting. You can also set your browser security to high. The bug also gets in using Adobe Flash, so you could disable flash to avoid infection. But, there's more bad news, if you have an AOL account, you need to change your password now. AOL is urging tens of millions of e-mail users, to change passwords and security questions. After 2% of its accounts were compromised by hackers. You may have noticed a few of your AOL friends sending spam recently, but this goes beyond annoying spam. Hackers were able to see passwords, and personal profile info, like you home mailing address. And answers to security questions. Contacts from address books were also compromised. AOL is emailing everyone affected by the hack. And let's move on from the doom and gloom. There's actually some good news out there. Take, for instance, Skype. The video chat service now has free group calling. Before, you had to pay $10 a month for Skype Premium to group chat. But it didn't make much sense for Microsoft to charge, when Google offered group chats for free on Hangouts. The free Skype group calls will first roll out to Windows and Mac desktops and the Xbox One. And speaking of Xbox, if there wasn't enough video to watch these days, Microsoft will broadcast its own original TV shows. To Xbox owners, beginning in June. You may already know about the halo series being produced by Steven Spielberg, but there will be also 11 other programs. Microsoft is not confirming, if you need to pay for an Xbox live account to watch all the shows. All we know is that it can be viewed on the Xbox 360, the new XBox One, and other Microsoft devices. They should really clear that up soon. That's your tech news update. You can head to cnet.com for more details. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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