Internet Explorer Vulnerability - Affects more than WinXP

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Here's a copy of the memo I sent out to my colleagues about Internet Explorer vulnerability...what would you adjust/change?

Thank you for your attention to this email and the recommendations to NOT use Internet Explorer. This affects all Internet Explorer users. ALL Windows users--including any computers, tablets, laptops you may own personally--should take note of the Internet Explorer vulnerability, as mentioned in this article below:

"An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.” Internet Explorer 6 through 11 are all at riskon all current versions of Windows from Vista to 8 and Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2. The bug is understood to be present in IE on Windows XP, although that operating system is no longer supported. (Source)
Windows XP Warning - DO NOT use Internet Explorer on a Windows XP computer; this bug will go unresolved.  
What To Do - Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, if available.

Windows 7 and 8 Warning - Do NOT use Internet Explorer versions 6-11 until an update is released. The District Technology Department will track this problem and notify you.
What To Do - Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. 

This recommendation has been verified through a variety of sources; here are a few:
  • "This is the first critical Internet Explorer exploit that will not be fixed for Windows XP users ever," said Bogdan Botezatu, a senior e-threat analyst at Bitdefender, a security firm. "This exploit will stay working forever -- until [Windows XP users] move to a different operating system." (Source)
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an unusual warning recommending that users and administrators either alternative Web browser.... (Source)
  • Use another browser where possible (until a patch is released). Source: Email from Education Service Center Director
DISTRICT staff and students have access to other Internet browsers--like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox--that they can use instead of Internet Explorer.

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