Internet Explorer users urged to use different browser until security problem is fixed

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What would you say if someone hacked into your computer, planted their own programs and used them to steal your personal information?

Right now that is a major concern with nearly every version of Internet Explorer following a recently discovered security hole that leaves the browser vulnerable.

Todd Welch, Co-owner of TC-Teks, says Internet Explorer is often a hacker target because it comes with every PC.

He says when computer users click a malicious link through an e-mail, Facebook message or website, it gives a hacker control of their computer.

"Basically they can get on there and install viruses, most likely they would be installing a virus they can use to compromise security, get passwords, steal financial information and things like that," Welch said.

It has even grabbed the attention of the US Government. The Department of Homeland Security urges Internet Explorer users to follow Microsoft's workarounds to prevent problems or download another browser until the problem is fixed.

"On my computer I have three, four, five different browsers," Welch added.

There are several browsers out there like Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Google Chrome. All need to be downloaded separately.

At First Net Impressions in Altoona, they have stayed away from Internet Explorer since the beginning.

"It's never been our primary source for browsing the internet, just because of it's instability," said Maria Herbert, owner of First Net Impressions.

They encourage clients to use the Firefox browser but still test websites they make using IE.

At the Eau Claire Public Library, they have not restricted Internet Explorer but made an alternative browser more available.

"We have Chrome and Firefox installed on our computers as well as IE," said Jennifer Cook with the Eau Claire Public Library.

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