There are two important announcements related to Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser, that we feel you should be aware of.
1. Online Banking Update: Internet Explorer 8 Will No Longer be a Supported Browser
Effective June 26, 2014, Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) web browsers will no longer be supported for online banking or cash management services.
Microsoft recently announced that it discontinued support of the XP operating system which means that XP users are subject to vulnerabilities. XP users are not able to upgrade to a web browser newer than Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).
Following June 26, IE8 users may be able to log in to online banking, but they may experience limited functionality or a visibly altered screen. Issues like these will no longer be updated or corrected.
If you are not using an XP operating system, please update your web browser. XP users should consider upgrading their operating system for their own security and protection.
2. Internet Explorer Vulnerability
Microsoft also recently reported that Internet Explorer (versions 6 through 11) contains a vulnerability. This vulnerability, if exploited by clicking on a malicious web link, would allow hackers to hijack your computer.
Bank Midwest encourages you to take the following precautions:
- Exercise caution when visiting untrusted websites. Avoid clicking suspicious links or opening email from unknown senders, which could send you to a malicious website that installs malware on your computer.
- Avoid using Internet Explorer until a security update is released by Microsoft. There are other web browsers that are supported for online banking including Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome. Learn more about supported browsers.
Microsoft has indicated that they are working on a patch, but do not have an estimated release date. Be aware that when the patch is released, this fix only applies to the web browser, Internet Explorer. The security flaw is a problem for all IE users, but XP users will not have the ability to make updates when a fix does become available.
Browsers and OS Defined
All web browsers are susceptible to some level of security-related issues; however, one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from harm is to ensure that your keep your browser up-to-date. Your operating system (OS) is the foundation on which all your computer applications run. Security patches are provided by the software manufacturers when flaws or vulnerabilities are discovered.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s important that you keep your computer system and software updated to prevent hackers from taking advantage of your system.