Information Technology

Do Not Use Internet Explorer Web Browser - Serious Security Vulnerability

Stop using the Internet Explorer web browser. Internet Explorer currently has a serious security vulnerability called IE Zero Day that allows attackers to install malware on your computer without your permission. That malware could be used to steal your personal data, track your online behavior, or gain control of the computer.

Our Amherst College network protection firewall system received an update yesterday April 28 that blocks some of the exploit of this vulnerability by outside sites for machines on our network. Our system is not able to block the exploit for secure websites, those with HTTPS addresses. 

Steps to Take:

  • Do not use the Internet Explorer web browser until notified that the vulnerability has been resolved. Instead use another web browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Opera.
    Use the links below to download an alternative web browser if needed:
  • Do not use the Internet Explorer web browser with Windows XP, it is completely vulnerable to malware attack and Microsoft will not be releasing a security patch for computers with Windows XP.
  • For Computers with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, if you must use Internet Explorer to access trusted websites, disable the Shockwave Flash Object plug-in to improve the web browser security as much as possible.
    See our instructions to disable the Shockwave Flash Object plug-in.
    Disabling the plug-in will provide a little more security but the best practice is not to use Internet Explorer until the vulnerability has been resolved. Amherst's administrative systems Ellucian Colleague and Business Objects will work properly with the plug-in disabled.