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WVU users should avoid using Internet Explorer, use alternative browsers

To avoid compromising confidential information, WVU students and employees should avoid using Internet Explorer as a web browser until further notice and use alternate browsers such as Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Microsoft is currently working to fix a weakness with Internet Explorer that let hackers attack through a website that installs malware and gives the hackers control over the computer. That could compromise both personal information and confidential work documents.

If Internet Explorer is your preferred browser, please use it ONLY for official WVU sites such as MyAccess, MyID and other commonly used systems and services that are secure and can be trusted.

Information Security Services Director Alex Jalso says Windows XP users are at particularly high risk because Microsoft no longer supports that operating system with security patches. That means XP will remain vulnerable to this bug. Microsoft suggests XP users upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1.

Please direct any questions or concerns to defendyourdata@mail.wvu.edu.

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